Plant Profile: Strophanthus boivinii

I started this blog with a clear personal ambition to preserve what I already knew about plants and to encourage further learning. It was as simple as that. Looking back this sounds like a selfish mission, but there was always an intention to share that knowledge, otherwise I may as well have written my thoughts […]

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Plants in Detail – Bismarkia nobilis

Bismarkia nobilis (Bismark palm) is, without question, one of the most photogenic plants in the world.  This mighty palm with its architectural, pleated leaves hails from Madagascar, where I first saw it growing in the wild in 2008.  The concertina fronds spiral dramatically away from the hirsute stems which bear them.  Add a dash of […]

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Hampton Court Flower Show 2013: My Top 10 Plants

Like a horticultural fashion show, Britain’s flower shows provide the launch pad for new ideas in gardening and the latest introductions from breeders and plant hunters. The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the world’s biggest, and after Chelsea one of the most prestigious. Unlike Chelsea, exhibitors can sell their wares direct to the general […]

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