Daily Flower Candy: Cercis siliquastrum

Pictured here outside Winchester City Mill, Cercis siliquastrum, makes an arresting sight. Despite its oriental good looks, C. siliquastrum hails from Southern Europe and Western Asia. Uniquely, the rose-pink, pea-like flowers appear in clusters along older wood in late spring. A long standing myth suggests that Judas Iscariot hanged himself from a tree of this […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Drimys winteri

When Sir Francis Drake sailed round the world between 1577 and 1580, the only one of four ships that successfully rounded Cape Horn with the Golden Hind was ‘Elizabeth’. The two ships were separated in a storm and the captain of the Elizabeth, John Winter, turned back. He sent a boat ashore to search out […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Lilium martagon ‘Tobacco’

H.W.Hyde & Son was founded in 1926, the year the first woman swam the English Channel. In honour of the 100th Chelsea Flower Show the specialist lily grower showed 100 new varieties, some of which still awaited naming. Among them were a glorious array of martagons, a woodland species which requires a humus-rich alkaline soil […]

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Chelsea 2013: My Top Ten Plants

At a show on the scale of Chelsea picking out just ten plants which really get you excited is a tough job. Every year there are clear plants of the moment, which this time happened to be Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’, Enkianthus (a bit of a surprise), peonies (especially blousy white varieties) and Aquilegia in every […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Lupins

What everyone expects from Chelsea is massed displays of single flower types. Be it alliums, sweet peas, delphiniums or chrysanthemums, banks of mint-condition blooms are never in short supply in the show’s great pavillion. Love them or hate them (and the slugs and snails love them) these lupins from Westcountry Nurseries are what Chelsea is […]

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Chelsea 2013: The Arthritis Research UK Garden

As the clock ticked around to 8pm on Wednesday evening, we finally reached the Arthritis Research UK Garden, winner of a gold medal and the People’s Choice award for best garden. After a cold and drizzly day, the sun finally emerged from behind the clouds, accentuating the many contrasts in this inspiring garden. Designed by […]

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A Bounty of Irises

Originally posted on A Taste of Morning:
We have a wedding in the garden this afternoon and our irises are at their peak. It should be a beautiful a day!    

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Daily Flower Candy: Cypripedium ‘Kentucky Maxi’

This year’s Chelsea Flower Show was awash with lady’s slipper orchids, or cypripediums. There are some 65 species of cypripediums, all found within the northern hemisphere, ranging from Mexico to Siberia. Despite being tricky to grow, hybridisers have been at work creating a myriad of new named varieties. The stand-out hybrid for me was large […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Fritillaria imperialis ‘Garland Star’

Much excitement at Chelsea as I came face to face with a brand new Fritillaria named ‘Garland Star’. Regular followers will know I’ve pledged allegiance to ‘William Rex‘, but I may be persuaded to have a treasonous dalliance with a commoner next spring. ‘Garland Star’ is without pronounced smoky purple flashes on its bells, but […]

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Chelsea 2013: The M&G Centenary Garden ‘Windows Through Time’

Of all this year’s Chelsea gardens, Roger Platt’s design for the main sponsor, M&G Investments, is easy to love. Some may describe it as timeless, others as slightly dated, but what it lacks in new ideas it makes up for in crowd pleasing features and planting. In some ways it displays all the lack of […]

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