Archive for 11/05/2013

My Botanical Garden




When May comes after a long winter, it looks like green hues are painting the landscape all over the place.Since always you remember the spring smell of new leaves opening all over the forests, gardens, parks.And, indeed, when then first fresh green tiny leaves are unpacked from buds ,it again feels in  spring of this year everything could be possible, even the almost forgotten smell of lilacs seems to become more as mere memory quite soon.And when  then comes the first tiny spring rain,washing down leafy smell from the air,you feel spring is already evidently here ,but then you open the window and sweet smell of lilacs embraces you.There it is, lilacs in fool bloom , and now you know for sure, this spring is real…… 

Open Window Lilacs Study 1886 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov

“Open Window Lilacs Study 1886” oil on Canvas,Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov, from:

The Lilac Bouquet - Serkis Diranian

“The Lilac Bouquet” oil on Canvas, location: Private collection.Serkis Diranian

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Some plants become taken for granted and fail to be fully appreciated. I recently posted about celandines and got lots of favourable comments, so today I shall feature the wonderful pulmonarias with their subtle flowers and unusual foliage.

Here is the classic pulmonaria seen in so many British gardens with flowers in both pink and blue on the same plant and bristled leaves splodged with silver. We grow them in almost every border in our patch but they really prefer a little shade.


The best way to sing the praises of pulmonarias and hopefully encourage a few more gardeners to go out and get some for their own gardens is to put together a little gallery of photos of our plants to show their subtle beauty.

Just click on a photo and follow the journey to see if you are convinced.

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The Cynical Gardener

A Grand Day Out at Kew: The Temperate House to Parrots.

The Temperate House at Kew is the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world, covering 4,880 square metres and extending to 19 metres  high.

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