When does spring spring?

Gardeners invited to chart the flowering of magnolia trees to herald the start of spring The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is asking gardeners to help them chart the onset and progress of spring by recording when Magnolia campbellii trees bloom. In recent years the opening of magnolia blooms in Cornwall, which locally heralds the arrival of spring,…

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…

Have you heard?

“Plants, from roots to riches” is an incredible programme on the radio at the moment (Radio 4) which I just have to share with you. The programme is presented by Prof. Kathy Willis who is examining the links that we have with plants. Spiritual. Physical. Intellectual. This in depth, fascinating programme asses leanest research and tells…

Rare ‘ahinahina (Silversword) is flowering at Haleakalā National Park

According to a tantalisingly brief feature in the Honolulu Star Advertiser the rare and endangered ‘ahinahina or Silversword that grows in the Haleakalā National Park in Hawaii is having one its best years for flowering in many years, with an abundance of the plants in full flower. The ‘ahinahina is a rare and endangered plant which is found…