Fuchsia Giants Collection - 10 Jumbo Plugs - £10
Geranium Colour Carnival F2 Hybrid Mixture - 36 plug plants
Petunia Orchid Picotee Mixed F1 - 36 plug plants - £11.99
Verbena F1 Quartz Mixed - 72 plug plants - £15.99
Pictures - Winter
I change the pictures and caption at the top of the home page
every month - they're mostly taken in my garden or near where I live. Here's
an archive of those pictures. They're all taken by myself.
Plants pictures to buy
Winter - Teasel - Dipsacus
sylvestris - seed heads against a winter sunset. St.Ives (Cambridgeshire)
church spire can be just made out at the bottom right. Many plants produce
seed heads that if left, can add interest and structure to the garden in
winter, they look particularly good with frost on them.
Teasel to buy
Holly leaves - Ilex aquifolium
This is a male plant that is now up to about 5m and looking good too
thanks to my careful pruning to get a large elegant conical shape. The frustrating
thing is that my nearby female plants keep getting "rabbited", chicken wire
hopefully means that they will shortly (in years!) be equally impressive,
so future pics will have nice red berries in them too.
Ilex to buy
- Great Paxton Church Yard, Cambridgeshire
- Where I live now. Also shows English
Yews in their natural setting (an old church yard!). These are about
20 feet tall and round and have been topiaried forever, don't know how old
Winter - Colne Church, Cambridgeshire - Where
I used to live, the closest to Christmas Card conditions we got that year.
A gentle air movement
starts off ice crystal growth and then it carries on in that direction.
"God is in the detail."
Trees clad in winter white
love frosty trees, every tiny branch and twig is amplified by an outline
of white. The closer you get, the more you appreciate the fractal nature
of the outline. I never understand how the white of the frost always seems
brighter than the sky even though you know that it really isn't.
A world of white
world made so by the application of water vapour in the air and a few degrees
change in temperature, isn't it great that the world can change so fundamentally
Winter - Returning to the
soil - The remains of an old tree stump covered in tiny fungal fruiting
bodies. The main body of the fungus is under the soil rotting the wood down,
the mushrooms only appear to spread the spores of the fungus. It's all part
of natures diversity, but if you want to avoid this, you need to remove
as much wood as possible - including major roots - when you chop down and
remove old trees.