Thursday, August 25, 2016

Crocus - Little Winter Treasures

In the depths of winter, it is all the more important to have little treasures dotted around the garden that you can enjoy. I adore these tiny Crocus, which have faithfully been popping up for the last 8 or 9 years. They have fascinating details.

Good idea is to put them next to herbaceous perennials, so that they have relatively bare ground around them during flowering, then their dying leaves get covered up by spring growth of surrounding perennials.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Sophora Dragons Gold

I know I have mentioned this superb miniature Kowhai before - but I couldn't resist sharing these pictures taken FROM MY DESK the other day, of the dear wee Wax-eye (Silver-eye) flitting about in them. They are such a great plant - either as a small tree, if limbed up from a young age. Or topiary shapes such as standards, of balls. Definitely as a hedge, too. Plant near a window, as the main flowering season (about 4 months worth) is in the depths of winter - just when you need some action to cheer you up!!