Daily Flower Candy: Asarum delavayi ‘Giant’

  Asarum delavayi ‘Giant’*: Giant Wild Ginger, Panda face ginger As an antidote to my post about Vita Sackville-West’s macabre ‘Box of the Dead’ earlier this week, I thought I’d share a happier tale. Regular readers will know that I often purchase plants without any real idea where I am going to plant them. It’s […]

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Spring Flower Candy: Disporum megalanthum

Our London garden offers few plants their perfect conditions – no surprise when you consider it was once no more than a shady patch of shattered Tarmac with subsoil dumped on top. And yet so many plants do make a go of it, helped along by a little (although not enough) soil improvement. A plant that has done better and better […]

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Spring Flower Candy: Allium ursinum

Yesterday I sang the praises of an orchid, today I am waxing lyrical about an onion, or a garlic to be precise. Monday’s Spring Flower Candy is a complete contrast to pretty Pleione formosana, although both plants grow from bulbs and enjoy a moist woodland environment. My subject is Allium ursinum, better known as ramsons, stinking Jenny or […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Illicium simonsii

Rare, fickle and recommended only for ‘expert’ gardeners, this is Illicium simonsii. It was not a shrub I was familiar with, but its butter-yellow flowers caught my attention today at BlueBell Arboretum in Derbyshire. Naturally I wanted to know more. Hailing from southern Sichuan, northern Yunnan and Burma Illicium simonsii grows slowly to form a small, […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Smilacina racemosa AGM

We’ve been searching for sturdy, shade loving-plants for our London garden, and where better to look than among the flora of North Amercia. Smilacina racemosa, the false Solomon’s seal, is a clump-forming perennial which produces fluffy plumes of creamy white flowers in spring. The flowers are followed by yellowish-green berries which turn to deep red […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Bluebells are as much part of the English spring tapestry as daffodils, cow parsley and wild cherry blossom. They are much loved for their arching stems of bell-shaped, fragrant blue flowers in April and May. Increasingly at risk from poor woodland management and genetic pollution from their unscented Iberian cousin, Hyacinthoides hispanica (the Spanish bluebell), […]

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Fantastic Mr Foxglove

After a  fairly challenging day at work, my spirits were lifted when I returned home to find this lovely foxglove coming into flower by the pond. Foxgloves remind me so much of Cornish hedgerows in June, although this variety promises to be something a little bit different. The variety is Digitalis “Illumination Pink”, and a […]

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