Daily Flower Candy: Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii

Whilst the wretched winter weather continues to dowse and drown us, there are signs of spring in the garden if one looks hard enough for them. Truly a plant for all seasons, the acid-yellow flowers of Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii (Mediterranean spurge) are already beginning to unfurl from their protective layer of glaucous blue leaves.  It will […]

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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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Mottisfont – The Meeting Place by the Fountain

‘It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important’. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry In Saxon times, just a few yards from the River Test lay a natural, spring-fed pool, or ‘font’, over three metres deep. The font provided the focus for village meetings, or ‘moots’, and so it is […]

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