Flower Portrait: Camassia

Camassia also known as wild hyacinth, Indian hyacinth, quamash or camas is a genus of plants in the asparagus family native to North America. They like to grow in moist meadows and will naturalise and multiply. Flowering from late spring to early summer they fill the gap after the narcissus and tulips have stopped flowering…

Flower Portrait: Lantern Tree

Crinodendron hookerianum known as the Chilean lantern tree, is an evergreen tree in the family Elaeocarpaceae. It is endemic to Chile. A beautiful, ornamental, evergreen shrub or small tree named after the lantern-shaped, crimson to deep carmine-pink flowers, suspended from the undersides of its branches from May to August. It is perfect for a partially…

Flower Portrait: Echium

Pride of Madeira, Echium candicans, is perfect for adding a touch of drama to both exotic and cottage garden settings. Like all echiums, its flowers are adored by bees and other pollinators. Tall spikes of intense blue blooms are borne on strong branching stems in spring and summer. In milder climates, like Cornwall, it can…

Flower Portrait: Ranunculus ‘Elegance┬« Viola’

I planted 10 of these ‘claws’ back in late autumn on arrival as stated and kept them under cover in the conservatory. Unfortunately although several plants started to grow they became affected by whitefly and wilted. Eventually I put the container outside and let it take its chances with the rain and cold weather (they…

Flower Portrait: Iris histrioides ‘George’

Yesterday was dry and sunny after early morning rain, though still rather chilly (5┬░C) so I wrapped up warm, put on the gardening gloves, grabbed the secateurs and went out into the garden to do some clearing up. It was nice to see the spring bulbs I planted in the autumn popping up in the…

Flower Portrait: First Hellebore

Despite the recent harsh weather (weeks of heavy rain and last night’s snowfall) this pretty little Hellebore is the first to flower. It resides on the north facing steps in the courtyard and it appears that there are also some bulbs in this pot – possibly tulips. We shall have to wait a few months…

Flower Portrait: Thanksgiving Cactus

One of the most popular plants to give or receive at this time of year is the Christmas cactus. Or is it an Easter or Thanksgiving cactus? The difference between the three cacti is found in the shape of the leaves. The Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata, or the false Christmas cactus) has very pointed and…