Plant/Garden Jottings

Tunbridge Wells Garden Under Construction

Tunbridge Wells Garden Under Construction

 -  is progressing well despite the winter weather this year.  The old tired decking and trellis fence is being replaced with random paving and a feature brick wall on two sides to create a courtyard effect.  This will become a real sun trap and provide an area to sit...

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Winter-Spring Flowers in the Garden

Winter-Spring Flowers in the Garden

 -  these colourful perennials are a joy to behold in late winter, early spring tempting us to believe that spring is finally approaching.   The first to flower in the garden is usually the Primrose, followed closely by the Snowdrops.   The Iris reticulata species...

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Hellebore flowers in Winter or Spring

Hellebore flowers in Winter or Spring

 -  may still be viewed in all their glory at Hadlow College, near Tonbridge, Kent in the Broadview Gardens and also purchased at their Broadview Garden Centre.  These colourful perennials bring much needed colour and interest into the garden from mid winter to late...

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Coloured tree bark in winter

Coloured tree bark in winter

  - may be seen at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex and Hadlow College in Kent.  The different birch (Betula) and gum trees (Eucalpytus) look stunning as a backdrop for other plants, particularly the dogwoods (Cornus).  The ornamental cherry (Prunus serrula) has...

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Winter flowering trees and shrubs

Winter flowering trees and shrubs

-  give a real boost to the long winter days and can also provide wonderful scent.  The following photographs of trees and shrubs were taken at Wakehurst Place near Ardingly, West Sussex (www.kew.org/wakehurst) this month when there was snow on the ground.  Although...

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Winter Coloured Stems

Winter Coloured Stems

  -  Winter stems provide the garden with much needed colour and at Hadlow College near Tonbridge, Kent, the Broadview garden beds of Cornus and Salix plants give a dramatic spectacle that can lift the spirit and bring a smile to all.  From a distance the colours of...

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