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.
Trees often give structure to gardens, but because we see
them every day, we say ''I'm sure that tree's got bigger''.
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
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.
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.
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
As gardeners we are used to the weather throwing everything
As some plants prepare for winter chill by heading
underground or dropping their leaves, many conifers don a
more intensely coloured winter coat.
Sciadopitys verticillata is a unique conifer. It is
the only species of its genus and the single member of the
plant family Sciadopityaceae.
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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