Daily Flower Candy: Paulownia tomentosa

British gardeners will go to any lengths to grow plants that really shouldn’t enjoy our chilly, damp climate. Once such plant is the foxglove tree, Paulownia tomentosa, prized for its large ornamental leaves and luscious lilac-coloured flowers. The cool start to the year has ensured that flowers have appeared late, avoiding frosts and guaranteeing a […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Cercis siliquastrum

Pictured here outside Winchester City Mill, Cercis siliquastrum, makes an arresting sight. Despite its oriental good looks, C. siliquastrum hails from Southern Europe and Western Asia. Uniquely, the rose-pink, pea-like flowers appear in clusters along older wood in late spring. A long standing myth suggests that Judas Iscariot hanged himself from a tree of this […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Drimys winteri

When Sir Francis Drake sailed round the world between 1577 and 1580, the only one of four ships that successfully rounded Cape Horn with the Golden Hind was ‘Elizabeth’. The two ships were separated in a storm and the captain of the Elizabeth, John Winter, turned back. He sent a boat ashore to search out […]

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