Nandina domestica ‘Sunset Boulevard’

This has been a fabulous year for new plants so far, the Garden Centres in 2015 will be filled with some amazing new plants, including Nandina domestics ‘Sunset Boulevard’ ‘Sunset Boulevard’ bred by Andre Boereboom from Holland and has striking orange/yellow/sunset coloured young shoots, compact growing and an incredible autumn colour. What a superb new…

How to help a pollinator…

The Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts are urging people to get involved in Wild About Gardens Week, 15 – 21 September 2014 Above is a rather good example of a bug hotel at London Wildlife Trust’s Centre for Wildlife Gardening As part of Wild About Gardens Week (15 – 21 September) the Royal Horticultural Society…

Eryngium x zabelli ‘Neptunes Gold’ update

Eryngium x zabelli ‘Neptune’s Gold’ Breeder Neil Alcock told The Plant Enthusiast at Four Oaks Trade Show this week about his discovery of ‘Neptune’s Gold’ as a seedling in his garden, and the 7 years of plant trials that followed the discovery. This included the terrible winter conditions of 2010/11 where ‘Neptune’s Gold’ survived temperatures…

The Folklore of Plants

I am absolutely fascinated by the folklore of plants, the stories that plants have to tell, and the way that we have interacted with different plants throughout the ages. I was therefore particularly excited to stumble up the text of a book, entitled the Folklore of Plants by none other than Rev. Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer. The…