Plant Life

Scent of spring in the air

Scent of spring in the air

The spring display is building rapidly now with new blooms appearing weekly. It is not only a time of fresh colour, but of delicious scents and one of the more enticing plant fragrances comes from Osmanthus delavayi.

Get the measure of trees

Get the measure of trees

Trees often give structure to gardens, but because we see them every day, we say ''I'm sure that tree's got bigger''.

Spice bush provides aromas

Spice bush provides aromas

Individually, the flowers of the blunt-lobed spice bush are not a lot to look at. However, gather them en masse on bare branches in late winter under a dull sky, and the effect is stunning.

New roses' first blooms eagerly anticipated

Pruning of roses is completed for another year. If you still have roses to prune, don't leave it for too much longer, as they are coming into growth very quickly this season.

Instant tropical feel from 'Strelitzia'

Instant tropical feel from 'Strelitzia'

When I think of the tropics, two plants come to mind: Hibiscus, which appears on those loud shirts tourists often wear when in Hawaii, and Strelitzia, commonly known as the bird of paradise.

Extreme plants on show within your easy reach

Extreme plants on show within your easy reach

Mountains are wild places. Extremes of heat and cold combine with a variety of physical conditions such as wet bogs, vertical cliff faces, boulders and dry unstable gravel slopes.

Battling the elements

Battling the elements

As gardeners we are used to the weather throwing everything at us.

Conifers don intensely coloured coat for winter

Conifers don intensely coloured coat for winter

As some plants prepare for winter chill by heading underground or dropping their leaves, many conifers don a more intensely coloured winter coat.

Living fossil tree a unique conifer

Living fossil tree a unique conifer

Sciadopitys verticillata is a unique conifer. It is the only species of its genus and the single member of the plant family Sciadopityaceae.

Flowers provide inspiration in winter

Flowers provide inspiration in winter

Next time you are negotiating the gardens corner by the botanic garden, come over to the quiet side of the fence and explore the ''winter and spring flowering theme''.

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