Monthly Archives: January 2013

Bergenia 'Wintermarchen'

I’m loving this combination, the afore mentioned Bergenia, Helleborous sternii and Anathemele lessionia. This the tale end of the Red border in the Harris garden, on the other side of the grass there is Heuchera ‘Winter red’ which unfortuntely doesn’t seem to go very red but has great flowers later on. Also a really archictectural Yucca gloriosa and a bit of snow! pic taken last week.


Ornamental Brassicas

These are not to everyones taste and get a bit munched if your not careful but mixed with some appropriately coloured bedding these can be ace.

I think there better close up? I like the melted frost on this one. Photo from a scheme at Wisley a year ago.

The lady in the photo , struggling to remove the ivy and massive climbing rose out of this special Oak tree(a very learned botanist did tell us why but we cant remember) She loves her Thursday morning volunteering as you can see it was not warm! but we still at least 5 ‘Vols’ who worked for 3-4 hours.

This is what i mean when I talk about gardeners being alike in there enthusiasm for horticulture. This ladies passion for her task shines out; all the volunteers I have met have an awesome work ethic and level of motivation…busting a gut for free in someone elses garden? why because it means she can be part of team, meet like minded people, be part of bigger picture and because she loves the work.

I find it quite inspiring….but then i love gardeners and gardening

Winter beauty

One of the things I love about winter is the how flowers and scents are just so beautiful against the grey or bleak back drop that is the UK between December and Feb. There are so many to and once you get into it colour schemes can pretty ‘bold’. My favourite winter flowering plant is Iris unguicularis needs a bit looking after to get it looking its best and some recomend trimming in the autumn so the winter flowers can be seen more readily. Whatever you its ace.

Snow makes everything beautiful, it all seems light and some how I am feel lifted by it; that is until I have clear it off 300 acres of University campus. However when doing this you do get to see some great wildlife; people tend to be really gracious and generous with there comments when your clearing paths too.


The image above shows the Gravel garden the in the Harris garden, The Agave americana has suffered abit from the snow but it’s survivng; the catalogue form Cotswold garden flowers reckons its the temperature not the wet that kills them…..we shall see its not been that cold, yet…….

Every blog starts with a single sentence......

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write in my first post; should I explain the title of my blog with lots of examples of what I mean? should I try and say something profound or botanically interesting? Afraid to write anything incase I got it ‘wrong’ I spoke to a friend. He made it very simple for me, ‘Share your enthusiasm’ were his words and this is what shall do. Infact it what this blog is all about; enthusiam and appreciation of the green bits of our world – managed, wild, other.

Working in horticulture in various ways for 20 years; I have not lost my passion for all things green and for being around people who have share this enthusiasm for the world around us.

Horticulturalists are like a tribe, a fellowship or team; we supply the world with great environments to live. Most don’t notice what we do but they would if we didn’t do it!
I really want to explore all aspects of plants people and just plants themselves for the basic love of it in this blog – I hope you will follow my journey.