Plant of the week-Galanthus ‘Mrs W.G.George’

Well I all most feel I have to apologise for choosing the plant of the week this week, where ever you look, these beautiful tiny spring bulbs are taking over the current horticultural world at the moment and I kinda feel that’s rightly deserved. These simple bulbs to many are the real first sign that…

Plant of the week- Rubus cockurnianus ‘Goldenvale’ 

Rubus cockurnianus is a beautiful shrub within its own right. It’s delicate fernlike leaves are bourne on stunning white and purple stems up to 3m in height,  in the winter light, glow stunnningly and light up the borders like a ray of moonlight beaming up from them. Their growth is best described as a slight…

February’s ramblings… 

Well that’s January out of the way, some may say thankfully but I quite enjoyed it, the cold spell we enjoy was the longest for a couple of years with temperatures down to -5c with me here in Hampshire. Here’s hoping February is going to be more of the same please! February was always know…

My very first tree…. 

The first of anything we do is always so memorable isn’t? From our first time cycling without stabilisers,  first night away from the family home, first alcholic drink followed by first drink in the pub legally and of course, your  first clumbsy kiss!. It’s the same for us gardeners, I can still remember the first…

Hamamelis, the winter Witches of Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Hamamelis or witch hazels as they are more commonly know, are truly the stars of the winter! Their beautiful spider like flowers enrich our lives in the garden, not only with their beauty but also their scent. The scent smells so sweet on the cold January and February air that it helps to lift the spirits…

Plant of the week-Prunus himalaica

Winter is a brilliant time of year to admire bark on trees and Prunus sp can be some of the best. P.serrula with its polished mahogany bark is certainly a true gem of the speices but there’s another one that also maybe should be pushing for that crown and that’s the rare and sort after…

January, the start of a whole new gardening year! 

I just love January! For me it’s the real start to the new gardening year. December is mainly finishing off clearing the last of the years growth, from the last few weeds, the last of the skeletons from the herbecous plants and the never ending drift of leaves should be finally finshed. The whole thing…