Plants of the Day
Tuesday 24 January 2017

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’ (witch-hazel) is one of the most popular and widely planted of the hybrid witch-hazels. The many flowers are acid-yellow in colour, with red-purple calyces. The leaves of Hamamelis resemble Corylus (hazel), being oval in shape, with deep veins and this cultivar provides good yellow autumn colour. Notice how the branches of this plant reach out over the fence to offer their scented flowers to the visitors on the path.

Jill Raggett


Lonicera fragrantissima, Caprifoliaceae

Winter honeysuckle in bloom certainly makes its presence evident even while you’re still several meters away. Its particularly fragrant scent permeated the air around the herb and vegetable section at Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

Originally from China, this woody shrub was introduced to England in 1845 and subsequently entered the horticulture market as a winter-flowering ornamental novelty, with a few different growth habits. Winter honeysuckle has the potential to become invasive given the right conditions in the places where it has been introduced, as the red berries that follow the white flowers are readily consumed by wildlife which then can disperse the seeds over a large area. 


Winter garden update 12.11.2016

Pics from last weekend - about three weeks in and everything but the brussel sprouts germinated!

need to thin out radishes (bottom left) 

garlic goin’ strong (bottom right)

Jacob’s cattle beans are BEASTS (center)

Snow peas haven’t grabbed hold of the strings and poles yet (top left)

Baby red mustard leaves taste like horseradish (top right)


Plant of the Day

Friday 23 December 2016

The white flowers of Viburnum × bodnantense ‘Deben’ (arrowwood) open from terminal clusters of pink buds and were scenting the winter air. This large, vigorous, upright deciduous shrub has dark green, oval leaves and is grown for the fragrant, winter flowers. It grows well in most moderately fertile, well-drained soil.

Jill Raggett