Daily Flower Candy: Deciduous Azaleas

I find deciduous azaleas completely irresistible, although I don’t have the right conditions to grow them. They are now lumped in with the extended rhododendron family, but are unrivalled for the brightness and abundance of their flowers which emerge before the leaves. What really does it for me is the sweet scent of the flowers. […]

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A Spring Spectrum – Sandling Park, Kent

There are those that frown upon the lusty delights of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas. I am not one of them. I expect these naysayers are the same folk who dislike orchids, with their similar flambuoyance and tendencies towards artifice. Yes, rhododendrons are big, bold and brazen, but they offer up colour aplenty in saturated hues […]

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Saltwood Castle, Hythe, Kent

The far south east corner of Kent is frequently overlooked, regarded by many as nothing more than the down-at-heel gateway to the delights of France and continental Europe. Yet behind the white cliffs of Dover lies rolling countryside dotted with sturdy Saxon churches, pretty weather-boarded villages and the romantically crumbling former defences of the realm. […]

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The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park.

Lysichiton camtschatcensis, The Western Skunk Cabbage. Last weekend the sun came out. For those of you who are not British, sunny weather, even when it’s still cold, means the UK population suddenly feels compelled to wear as little clothing as possible and bare acres of pasty white flesh. It’s not a pretty sight. Happily another […]

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