Archive for March, 2011

Japanese tsunami

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Along with many others today, I have watched the horrifying news of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami unfold. Reminding us of the power of nature that, try as we might, we will never be in control of.

A blogger that I follow has family near the area worst hit by the tsunami. My prayers are with the Japanese people, and especially her family.

Ali xox

Dream plant list – 1. Trees

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Last week I wrote about Grevillea johnsonii, and it gave me an idea – what plants would I have in my dream garden?

This being a dream garden there would be no problems with climate, aspect or soil conditions, and of course the garden would be limitless in size.

Once I started thinking about my dream plants, I soon realised I would need to divide them up into groups. So here’s my first group.


The first three are warm climate trees and usually need some protection to cope in the UK although Albizia manages ok here.

Grevillea johnsonii – lovely delicate fern like foliage and beautiful green and pink flowers, reminicent of honeysuckle.

Bouganvillea – Always reminds me of holidays in Greece


Albizia julibrissin rosea



Liriodendron tulipifera – the tulip tree. Splendid and huge! it can be kept in a pot to keep it’s size down to normal garden size as opposed to park size but then it won’t flower which is it’s real beauty.


Laburnum – or rather an arched avenue of, underplanted with alliums. Perfect.


Acer palmatum ‘Sango  Kaku’. Japanese acers have beautiful autumn foliage and I love the red edged leaves. The stems are red too.

Cercidiphyllum japonicum –  Scented like burnt sugar in the autumn.

Betula albosinensis – the one with the peeling bark in different shades of pink.

Aesculus hippocastanum – For conkers in the autumn, and the lovely foxglove like flowers in early summer.

Sorbus hupehensis – Fern like foliage, with pink berries in the summer and then wonderful red autumn colour.

So, I’ll be needing a garden the size of a park to fit that lot in – maybe a rambling country estate somewhere…!

Ali xox


Photo credits: 1-4  Sweet Musings, 5 Unknown, 6


Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Sorry everyone, I’ve gone and spoilt it. It is very ‘nippy’ today.

After merely mentioning last week that spring was ‘most definitely on it’s way’ we have been plunged back into the depths of winter.  Perhaps it is still on it’s way in Wisley, but it certainly is not here!

Sorry!  And please come back spring.

Ali xox