Daily Flower Candy: Sinocalycanthus raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’

Now you’re past the tongue-twister of a name, you can enjoy the waxy, claret-coloured flowers of this unusual shrub. I first discovered Sinocalycanthus raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ at Felley Priory on a rainy day last year, but it’s since cropped up again and again, most recently on the Hillier Nurseries stand at Chelsea. Although hardy, it […]

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Flowers of Bhutan – Primula calderiana

Today’s little Bhutanese gem is Primula calderiana. After a visit from the Thunder Dragon himself last night (i.e. a very dramatic thunder storm), the air was clear and fresh for our trip to Chele La. Just where the last snow was melting, the endive-like young leaves of this primula pushed up through the ground. Overwintering […]

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