Thursday, February 27, 2014

Testing the limits!!

The Arctic Blast of last December followed by the Snow & Ice of February has really tested our Kniphofia northiae to it's limits! It looks pretty ugly at the moment but we are hopeful that it's going to pull through & regain it's former glory!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Day of Seed Sowing....

We received 2 large bags of stratified Stewartia pseudocamellia seed today from a local nursery friend yesterday. This was doubly good because it meant I could spend time in the greenhouse sowing seed rather than being outside in the rain cutting & collecting Scion wood :)..

Monday, February 10, 2014

Snowpocalypse 2.0 Ends!

Last Summer's rooted cuttings snug under frost blanket in our snow covered mist house.

It was a busy 3 days of raking, banging & knocking snow off the Plantmad greenhouses. Just when we thought we were going to get through the winter without a big snow event this year! We still had time time take a few garden & nursery photos though!

Chiyoko hard at work!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Blue sky, a red Which Hazel & a yellow Winter Sweet!

Photographed on a Blue Sky Day in the Plantmad garden last weekend!

Chimonanthus praecox 'Su Xin La Mei'

Chimonanthus praecox 'Su Xin La Mei'  was imported from China by a friend of ours a number of years ago. It came with this name but this may not be a valid Cultivar name. I believe the "La Mei" part at least is just the Chinese word for Chimonanthus. It looks very much like the the cultivar 'Luteus'.

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Ruby Glow'

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Ruby Glow' is an old cultivar & it's flowers are not that large but it's deep red color is still something that is hard to beat.