This was my first visit to Cambridge University Botanic Garden and I am already planning my next. The Winter Garden was the pull for me and it was completely beautiful and very inspirational to my own passion for winter interest … Continue reading →
After consulting with my client, I fortified myself with the courage of conviction that I was taking the right action in moving a 16 year old Aucuba japonica into a more shady part of the garden. By moving the plant … Continue reading →
As you can see from the smile on my face I love this plant and wrote about it in my ‘Judi’s plant of the week’ blog. I went back this week-end to get up close and personal with it and … Continue reading →
I shall begin talking about this plant by dwelling firstly on its scent because it has the most heady sweet scent you could possibly ever wish to come across in a winter garden, well ok, besides Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ which is exquisite.. more on that plant in next week’s Blog. This is a wonderful evergreen plant for winter presence with its pretty white flowers, sweet perfume and dense dark evergreen foliage, this plant has much to offer the garden during the winter months.
This is a wonderfully dense and eye catching large shrub / tree with long arching branches of matt mid-green leaves with white flowers and masses of red berries throughout Autumn and Winter. When I drive past a particulary eye catching roundabout close to where I live, I am always struck by the presence of the colour red against the mid-green flora and grey tinted winter sky. The roundabout has been cut to resemble a tiered cake or a hat box, well to my eye, but even though the plants are so uniformly clipped the berries sing out against their proximity and provide such triumphant colour to me and I hope to everyone who observes them. Continue reading →
I have been aware of this deciduous shrub for a couple of years now, but have only recently identified it. I give thanks to ‘Colour in the winter garden’ by Graham Stuart Thomas, who has included this plant in his wonderful book, first published in the UK in 1957. It truly is a great resource and I recommend it to everyone, especially those who believe winter time to be bleak and without colour or seasonal interest. Continue reading →
This plant really comes into its own this time of year as do the other Dogwoods with their resplendent and vibrant stems from yellow / orange to vivid red of the brightest hues. You may well have seen them along roadsides where they are often planted in drifts and adorn otherwise grey roadside backdrops. With winter sun pouring through their stems they truly are beautiful and bring so much welcome colour and illumination into the garden and community spaces this time of year. Continue reading →
I absolutely love this shrub!
I first came across it with my boyfriend whilst out walking in Baldock in Hertfordshire, the shrub flanked the main road and we were immediately drawn to its magnificent array of rich red, orange and pink colours. Continue reading →