Purple Wellies

One woman's musings of plant lust for intoxicating blooms

Stretching the Limits

It’s that time of year again when I go off on the hunt for new treasures, sandwiched in amongst other activities, so as to give the appearance we are on holiday. We get in the car with the rest of the family moaning and groaning, “sorry where did you say we were going today Mummy?”, as I whizz them down narrow country lanes. “Only two nurseries today” on route to an English Heritage castle or museum or the like, not mentioning the thirty something miles in between!

Shedding Light on the Show

Fresh back from working with Gold medal winning and Best in Show landscape designers, Adam White & Andrée Davies (Davies White Ltd) on their Zoflora & Caudwell Children's Wild Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, I thought I would give you an insight into how you can make your garden at home a showstopper too.

Nothing Quite Like Chelsea

Well here we are again, I’m sure it won’t have escaped your notice – its Chelsea week. The one time of the year when ‘us’ green fingered lot can finally get our own back on all ‘you’ sporting types with full saturation on both TV and press of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the epitome of the gardening calendar.

Inchoate buds

As I write I look outside to see a collection of snowdrops gently nodding their heads in the breeze. These will soon be joined by the Winter Aconites, Scilla, the first daffodils and flowers from Cornus mas and Abeliophyllum distichum, signifying for many that winter is merging into spring in the ever revolving door of the seasons. But look a little deeper at those patches of barren wilderness that loom back at us through the window, as there could be more goings on than perhaps meets the eye.

Will you be my Valentine?

Today the first flowers started to open on one of my dearest plants – Edgeworthia chrysantha. I’ve had one for seven years now growing against one of the rear house walls, my husband having brought it for me shortly before our son was born for a Valentine’s Day present.