Daily Flower Candy: Hepatica transsilvanica

Just like snowdrops, hepaticas have recently developed something of a cult following in the UK. A fascination with these diminutive members of the buttercup family is nothing new; the Japanese have been coveting them since the early 18th century. Intense hybridisation since then means there are now over 650 named varieties displaying all manner of […]

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Growing Vertical in Victoria

Victoria, once a grey and unexciting slice of central London sandwiched between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, has been undergoing something of a transformation.  For those of us that work the area it’s been painful.  The redevelopment of the creaking underground station seems already to have taken a lifetime, with completion another 5 years away. […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Pulsatilla vulgaris AGM

It’s been a heavy week, so I am going to end it with something light and fluffy. These are the silken seedheads of the pasque flower, Pulsatilla vulgaris, which follow the soft purple spring blooms. Pulsatilla is closely related to clematis, via the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae), hence the close resemblance of the seedheads to our […]

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