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Wild Whites

Some our most beautiful native species are the white-blossomed trees, shrubs and perennials of Spring. In many years, including this year, Spring is slow succession of flowering whites – the Blackthorns followed by Whitebeams and Hawthorns, the Sweet cecily by … Continue reading

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The beauty of small things

The weather has been so glorious the last few weeks that my eyes have been drawn skywards – the glory of magnolias blossoming early against the clear blue skies of late March, the Clematis armandii (the species, and ‘Appleblossom’) in my garden … Continue reading

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Holly for Christmas

In wildlife tree of the month for December I wrote about the native holly,  Ilex aquifolium – and how I was going to experiment with using holly as a Christmas tree this year. My idea is to use a containerised … Continue reading

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Winter whites – a gloriously ghostly combination from the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens

When I was a student we were always being asked to study and describe plant combinations – sometimes based around particular plants, sometimes around a particular colour or a seasonal theme. However, I don’t remember being asked to write about … Continue reading

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