I’m setting a little challenge today: how many of these buds can you identify? My selection contains hairy buds, arching, clustered, leafy, capped and felted ones. (I’m having to write more text than I want to here so that WordPress doesn’t ‘helpfully’ include the answers in the preview in The Reader. I think that should do it!) Continue reading “Seven Flower Buds (A Quiz)”
The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is one of a select few in the US where tropical plants can be grown outside all year round. The garden is built around a series of lakes and a collection of palm trees and many of its vistas are superb. Continue reading “Two From The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden”
I’ve been fascinated by the use of containers clustered together to create the illusion of a garden since my first visit to Japan where the style is widespread. This fine example of a container garden is much closer to home.
Diminutive, but for me, as sweet as they come, it brightens up the entrance to a traditional stone-faced terrace that opens directly on to the pavement. Continue reading “Colourful Pavement Garden In Lancashire, England”
This post about companion plants for roses (especially shrub roses) is the third in my series on companion plants.
Companion plants bring out the best characteristics of other plants and help to make up for any weaknesses. They mingle in, around, above or below other plants. Good neighbours, they will not compete too aggressively for food, water or space. Continue reading “Great Companion Plants for a Cottage Garden: Roses”
I imagine many people would like the chance to see if they work best on Tennessee Williams’ favourite beach. Continue reading “No Moonshine On The Beach”
A few days ago I explained how I often struggle to choose between different shots of a particular plant. This is another case. The top shot is more evocative, or at least I seem to smell lilac when I see it, but the second shot shows the shape of the double flowers better. Continue reading “Flowering Trees: Lilac”