The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park.

Lysichiton camtschatcensis, The Western Skunk Cabbage. Last weekend the sun came out. For those of you who are not British, sunny weather, even when it’s still cold, means the UK population suddenly feels compelled to wear as little clothing as possible and bare acres of pasty white flesh. It’s not a pretty sight. Happily another […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Lathraea clandestina

Clandestina by name, clandestine by nature, Lathraea clandestina is partial to the roots of alders, willows and hazels. This furtive perennial parasite isn’t native to the UK, but has found its way into the affections of gardeners, who value its clumps of hooded purple flowers in spring. Known commonly as toothwort, you’re unlikely to find […]

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Flowering Now: Erythronium revolutum

This wonderful moment in spring, when the sun shines and before the leaves appear on the trees, is the time when carpets of flowers appear on the woodland floor. In the UK, we look forward to delicately scented bluebells and virginal wood anemones, but on the west coast of North America, from Northern California to […]

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