Friday, April 10, 2015

The Juno Irises have a reputation for being tricky to grow.
 I have only ever attempted two varieties that are supposed to be fool proof and they have done well in a sunny dry spot underneath a  thirsty evergreen shrub.

Sunday, March 15, 2015


 Lonicera elisae is a hardy and very reliable winter flowering shrub.
 Supposedly it is fragrant but the weather is usually too cold then to catch the scent. 
Unlike Lonicera x purpusii, it flowers on completely bare wood. Should it come out in June it would be hardly noticed but is a welcome sight here in February and March.

Friday, February 27, 2015


An erect evergreen shrub from Australia that I have grown here against a wall for over thirty years.
It is well over 4 metres high and has scented white flowers every February.

Sunday, February 01, 2015


This is a newish evergreen climber with attractive foliage and reddish stems.
It is clearly vigorous but there does seem to be some doubts as to it's hardiness.
I have yet to test it with a cold winter.
It has delicately fragrant, waxy bell-shaped flowers from January to March.
Try it in a sunny sheltered site.


Thursday, January 22, 2015


Araujia sericifera is an evergreen South American climber that survives most winters but is not completely hardy.
It flowers in late summer and is fruiting now.  It's common name is cruel plant as moths, bees and butterflies are often trapped by the secretion within it's flowers.

They seem to usually escape the following morning when the flowers re-open.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


The double, or semi-double, form of Anemonopsis macrophylla flowered well this summer and seems as easy to grow in a shady moist spot as the ordinary form.

This wonderful Melianthus, with extra jagged leaves and red flushed stems, came as a seed from Maurizio Usai  of  La Pietra Rossa garden in Sardinia.
It seems to have a more fastigiate shape and has made a handsome plant this year.

Erigeron annuus grows to about 5' and has nice modest white daisies for weeks and weeks. It is a short lived perennial but seeds gently.

Friday, September 19, 2014


A handsome evergreen climber that has been flowering steadily, but never profusely. since July. Now, in late September, it is beginning to flag but still has the one or two flowers left. 
It smelt wonderful and on the warm sunny evenings we had in July.