Category Archives: plants

Bee hunter

The Regale lilies are always popular with honey bees as the big scented flowers produce copious nectar and pollen.  This bee wasn’t being busy, and on closer inspection it was clearly dead, a dry husk of a bee.  Just visible … Continue reading

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hungry teasels

Teasels are getting ready to flower, the soft, green buds are getting larger everyday. A shower of rain has filled the cups formed by the leaf bases. Already collecting is a fine collection of teasel-cup crud, and now small insects … Continue reading

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Rosa ‘Francis E. Lester’

‘Francis E. Lester’ is garlanding the railings and threading through the bush ivy. The big heads of scented single roses in apple-blossom shades will be on display for six weeks or so. Though only flowering once it will set lots … Continue reading

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cleaning up euryops

The first flush of flowers of the South African Daisy bush, Euryops chrysanthemoides, is just fading. Garrard has been busy dead-heading them, a fiddley tiresome job, snipping each one off individually with scissors. This time spent is well worth it, … Continue reading

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Parsnips

Parsnips, grown from a few shrivelled old roots stuck in the ground at winter’s end, are flowering.  The flat heads of luminous yellow/green flowers are opening, to delight hungry hover flies.  Our gardener is liking them too, he’ll be chucking … Continue reading

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Looking Rosy

The first flush of the garden roses is well underway.  They can prove irresistible.  Last year there was a successful prosecution of a rose thief, arrested in the early hours of the morning climbing over the railings with a bucket … Continue reading

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Papaver ‘Coral Reef’

The Oriental poppy, Papaver orientale ‘Coral Reef’, grown from Thompson & Morgan seed, is flowering now at the North End, with big beautiful bristly buds opening into great glamorous satin-petalled, soft-pink flowers.  Oriental poppies are tough persistent perennials, easily grown … Continue reading

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Weeds? Absolutely!

Three-cornered Leek, Allium triquetrum, is the only plant growing at the Phoenix that our gardener truly considers a weed.  Just coming to the end of it’s flowering, the white-with-a-green-stripe pixie-hat flowers have been busy with bees and as pretty as … Continue reading

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Wisteria

The wisteria has been fantastic this year, with loads of violet trails of flowers waving in the breeze.  Flowers soon to fade, it’s getting ready to spread great octopus arms over Flitcroft Street, the long rubbery stems of extension growth … Continue reading

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Me old china

  Rosa chinensis sanguinea, flowers in waves through the year, even in the very dry soil beneath our wild pear tree. All the new growth ends in loose clusters of elegant uptight buds that open their petals in a big … Continue reading

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