Bhutan

February Flowers

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It’s that time of year when galanthophiles (the polite name for snowdrop bores) start to bombard social media with images of their pearly-white treasures. […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Magnolia doltsopa

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Magnolia doltsopa: Michelia doltsopa, sweet michelia There are trees and then there are trees. Queens among their ranks are the magnolias; strong, majestic, ebullient […]

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Ring Out The Old, Ring In The New

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In his famous poem “In Memoriam”, Lord Alfred Tennyson included the verse: Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across […]

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BlueBell Arboretum and Nursery

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I have been meaning to get better acquainted with the larger members of the plant world for some time. Being a ‘small’ gardener, my […]

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Sheffield Botanical Gardens

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Over the years I’ve gained mixed impressions of Sheffield. It was neighbouring Rotherham that I encountered first, so one might think the only way […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Hippeastrum (Amaryllis)

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They are big, brash, uncompromising flowers, but I love them. Hailing from South America,¬†Hippeastrums are often confused with their South African cousins the Amaryllis. […]

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Chelsea 2013: My Top Ten Plants

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At a show on the scale of Chelsea picking out just ten plants which really get you excited is a tough job. Every year […]

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A Spring Spectrum – Sandling Park, Kent

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There are those that frown upon the lusty delights of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas. I am not one of them. I expect these naysayers […]

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Paradise Found – Bumthang to Punakha

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First off, meet these cheeky grey langurs we met steeling bags of salt near the pass at Pele La. They’re not rare, but they […]

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Prunus serrula var. tibetica

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As shaggy and appealing as an Irish Setter, this is the trunk of a magnificent, mature Tibetan cherry, Prunus serrula var. tibetica, which we […]

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Flowers of Bhutan – Arisaema nepenthoides

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Bhutan’s forests may bear a passing similarity to the great gardens of Cornwall, but you know you’re somewhere exotic when the forest floor is […]

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Bumthang in Bloom

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You’d be forgiven for thinking we’d transported ourselves to Switzerland but, no, this is Bhutan’s cultural heartland, Bumthang. Four bucolic pine-clad valleys make up […]

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