Cambridge University Botanic Gardens

January 21, 2012

    A clear, crisp and sunny morning last weekend, gave us the perfect excuse for a public garden visit. So we took ourselves off to Cambridge with the frost still thick on the ground.   Too early for snowdrops but nevertheless there was much to be admired, both in the winter garden and the […]

Carpenteria californica

July 25, 2011

I have really enjoyed the Carpenteria californica over the past weeks but flowering is now just about over…   If you are looking for a shrub to plant near a warm and sunny wall, in a sheltered site, then this could be the one!   It is well worth considering for it’s glossy, evergreen leaves, […]

More Winter Fragrance

February 10, 2011
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So what to plant …how about a viburnum? Forget the ubiquitous Viburnum tinus (widely seen in car parks and other municipal settings) and consider a deciduous Viburnum. Easy to grow in sun or light shade Viburnum bodnantense “Dawn” has sweet smelling deep pink flowers and grows up to 3m high or the variety “Charles Lamont […]

Surprise fragrance can lighten your winter day…

February 8, 2011
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Fragrance in the garden is often underrated, particularly in the winter when we tend not to linger outside for too long. That being said it can actually be a valuable addition, offering an everyday pleasure that can cheer a winter day. That scent is so often unexpected at this time of the year surely helps […]