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31 December


Happy New Year!

Photo: London Eye New Year Celebrations Source - Daily Telegraph
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30 December

Agave schidigera 'Shira Ito no Ohi'

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27 December

David Nash Sculpture in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Gardens. 

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26 December

Aloe and Succulents at Kew Gardens
Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Gardens.
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25 December

Happy Christmas Everyone!
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23 December

Street sign spotted with some additional 'enhancements' in Paris.

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22 December

Sulcorebutia steinbachii var. gracilior - tongue twister of a name but I really like this one!

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21 December

Twinkles

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20 December

Christmas wreaths in Paris.
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19 December

Christmas is coming.... at the Marché aux Fleurs, Île de la Cité, Paris...
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18 December

Ficus Roots, with a variegated Pteris fern growing in one of the root hollows.
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17 December


We visited the Botanical Gardens in Paris, The three tiered platforms are a sight to behold themselves, looking like a rock face and blended in with plants climbing on its surface.
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16 December

Meryta denhamii
Meryta denhamii
Meryta denhamii  comes from New Caledonia and can grow to about 6m tall. The large, stiff, leathery leaves are elongated, curved at the edges and appear in tufts or bunches at the ends of the branches. Their central rib is thick and fleshy with longitudinal grooves. On younger trees the leaves are up to 45 cm long and about 12 cm wide. On older trees the leaves may be up to 1 metre long and 24 cm wide. The flowers exude a sweet scent. The plants are either female or male. Since the anthers protrude from the flowers, it is likely that the pollen is spread mainly by wind. Female flowers also occasionally produce anthers, but these are stunted and unproductive. This plant featured is located inside one of the glasshouses at Jardin des Plantes, Paris.

Source: Wikipedia
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15 December

Trachcarpus fortunei leaves
A reminder of summer, Trachcarpus fortunei leaves.

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14 December

Parisian Cats
We got back from Paris earlier this week and one of the highlights was visiting the Marché aux Fleurs on the Île de la Cité near to Notre Dame. From typical Christmas decor, exotic plants and an assortment of nick nacks, we were reminded of our own cats (well sort of!) by the above wooden ones. For more photos see our post on Alternative Eden.
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12 December

Maianthemum amoenum as seen on the Crug Farm Display at the RHS London Plant and Design Show

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11 December

Bamboo Windchimes

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10 December

Twinkles watching Cat TV

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9 December

Schefflera aff. rhododendrifolia

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8 December

Oreopanax floribundus from Crug Farm (BSWJ10669 
Oreopanax floribundus collected by Crug Farm from the stunning central mountain range of Colombia where they found examples of this rare species growing to 4m tall. Our plant is still young and kept in a pot to be kept away from the cold weather over winter.
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7 December

Cycas revoluta covered in snow from Wednesdays snow fall.

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6 December


We had a light dusting of snow yesterday, Knickers spent the morning exploring this strange new world (although he has seen snow before). I'm not sure what his expression says... but he is giving me a very strange look!
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5 December


Its beginning to feel a bit like Christmas, or so the song goes, we have got quite a bit of our Garden preparations done ahead of winter taking hold, plants are safely tucked away into greenhouses, and the large shed. Last weekend we had a couple of nights with temperatures hitting -3C so the tender annuals on the whole have now given up. Not all though as a selection of pelargoniums in pots by the front of the house are still alive and kicking, but the annual display of succulents have given up the ghost, as has the tall and imposing ricinus above. So attention can start to turn to indoors and Christmas, we have been looking at a selection of Christmas gifts and started to pick a few things out as suggestions. We normally get a few small garden related presents, recent years have included wind up torches (for going to check on the greenhouse heaters after dark) and mugs with caps to keep the tea nice and hot. Will have to suggest a few things to family for them to pick up on this year.
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4 December

Jungle Garden
In September we were visited by Loree from the lovely Danger Garden blog. Last week she featured our garden on her blog and along with a fantastic write up she posted a number of beautifully composed photographs. The above image is probably my favourite and captures the essence of our jungle garden brilliantly. I have taken photos from similar angles in the past but somehow this one just captures everything.

To see more of our garden from Lorees point of view check out this blog on Danger Garden.

This photo is (c) Loree Bohl of Danger Garden, please do not reuse without permission.
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3 December

Schefflera delavayi
Schefflera delavayi
Do we need an excuse to show a Schefflera photo, this one is the rather beautiful Schefflera delavayi.
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29 November


When we move some of the more tender tree ferns into an outbuilding for winter we wrap the trunks with cling film to keep the humidity in and help prevent them drying out. See more of our over wintered plants here.
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28 November

Agave bracteosa

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27 November

Syneilesis palmata
Syneilesis palmata 
Syneilesis palmata is an unusual perennial that comes from China. It starts into growth in spring with the emergence of the leaves from the rhizome, as illustrated in the photo above. It spreads out slowly beneath the soil surface and gradually bulks up over time. The leaves are folded up as the emerge with a thick coating of silky fine white hairs giving it the unique fluffy appearance you can see in the photo. As the leaves unfold they lose these hair but continue to look extremely striking. We have found it fairly easy to grow and it likes to be grown in moist well drained open soil.
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26 November

Kalopanax septemlobus The 'Duckfoot' leaf form
Ok, I can't really think of many plants are called duckfoot (apart from one variety of Hedera) but with it's distinctively well dissected leaves and shape, they remind me of the webbed feet of ducks. And funny enough this unofficial name is more widely used than I thought (as an easy adjective when making enquiries on nurseries). This seems to be the most desirable of all the leaf forms, with availability constantly low hence can be tricky to find. 
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22 November

Magnolia denudata 'McCracken's Variegated'
Magnolia denudata 'McCracken's Variegated' is just about to start shedding its leaves in our Garden this year. 
Magnolia denudata 'McCracken's Variegated' has a mottled and striped cream pattern covering roughlyt 40% of surface. It was introduced by Pat McCracken of McCracken Nursery in Raleigh North Carolina USA.
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21 November

Aloe Polyphylla a fibonacci sequence in nature.
Aloe Polyphylla
I know we have featured this plant a few times before, but theres a reason for the repeat entry, its just so beautiful. Easily one of the most eye catching plants in the garden with its spiral leaf formation, almost like a fractal fibonacci sequence.
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20 November

 Euphorbia deflexa

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19 November

Ginkgo biloba 'Variegata' showing its autumn colour
Ginkgo biloba 'Variegata' showing off its lovely autumn colour before the leaves all fall.
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18 November

Monstera deliciosa variegata
One of my favourite plants, and one that so far has never ventured into the garden, this Monstera deliciosa (Swiss cheese plant) came home with us from our trip to Madeira last year. As some point we will probably take some cuttings, but for now we enjoy having it live in our study.
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17 November

Summer on the Patio

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15 November

Arisaema ringens

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14 November

Delosperma sutherlandii 'Peach Star' - Ice plant blooms tend to be bright and intense but I was especially attracted to the subtle shade of this one, as well as the succulent foliage that is almost tempting to burst with your fingers. A new plant for us this year, I hope it thrives and expand out to cover a bigger area so I get a better display of peach, daisy like flowers in the spring.

Delosperma sutherlandii 'Peach Star'
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13 November

Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea - this Chilean protea has been hardy enough in our garden and I love it so much I'm going to plant out a couple more! The fern like foliage is distinctive and very attractive, and the flowers, I'll let the photos speak for itself...
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12 November

Smilax aspera
Smilax aspera - a wonderful, very exotic looking climber with vicious stems to help support itself as it climbs or scrambles away. It has glossy, heart shaped, narrow leaves with white blotchings that makes it look like it comes from tropical climates. This plant is evergreen and I find that it remains looking good all through winter. Be careful in handling the plants when training and tidying it up as the spines are sharp and recurved and could easily cause deep scratches with every false move. Keep an eye on where it clings on too as well, and prize unwanted growth off carefully to avoid shredding neighbouring plants. If you're used to maintaining ornamental (and not so ornamental) brambles (Rubus) you should be well prepared in taking care of this one.  
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11 November

Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Argus'
 Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Argus'

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10 November

A clump of Cotula hispida glistening with some morning dew
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9 November

Tropical Plants at Atocha Railway Station in Madrid
Atocha Station in Madrid is the largest railway station in Madrid, and the site of Madrid's first railway station which was inaugurated on 9 February 1851 under the name Estación de Mediodía. See more photos from our visit to Madrid.

After the building was largely destroyed by fire, it was rebuilt and reopened in 1892. The architect for the replacement, in a wrought iron renewal style was Alberto de Palacio Elissagne, who collaborated with Gustave Eiffel. This complex of railway tracks expanded through the years. In 1985, a project of complete remodeling began, based on designs by Rafael Moneo. In 1992, the original building was taken out of service as a terminal, and converted into a concourse with shops, cafés, and a nightclub. Like the Orsay Museum in Paris, the concourse has been given a new function, this time a stunning 4,000 m² covered tropical garden. 
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8 November


A deserted view inside the Palm House at Kew Gardens.
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7 November

Looking down onto the lush vegetation below in The Palm House, Kew Gardens

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6 November

Overlap, 1994 Elm, David Nash

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5 November

Variegated lemon at the Tropical Nursery at Kew Gardens

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3 November

Behind the scenes at the Kew Tropical Nursery

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2 November

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1 November

Red and Black Dome, 2006 Yew by David Nash in the Temperate House at Kew Gardens

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31 October


Have a fun halloween everyone!
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