Thursday, 23 February 2012

Cannizaro Park Crocuses

..and so it's crocus time in Cannizaro Park again. Welcome back spring!

The Crocus Walk in Cannizaro Park
Crocuses in Cannizaro Park - 23 February 2012

Crocuses in Cannizaro Park
Crocus tommasianus - 23 February 2012

The Crocus Walk in Cannizaro Park
The Crocus Walk - 23 February 2012

Crocuses in Cannizaro Park
Crocuses - 23 February 2012

The Crocus Walk in Cannizaro Park
At the entrance to the Rose Garden - 23 February 2012

Chiswick House Camellia Festival 2012

A couple of days ago, I visited Chiswick House and Gardens to see the camellias in the conservatory there, which is now open for the second Camellia Festival. I went to the first Festival last year, and the camellias were showing more blossoms then. Probably the recent cold surprised them, too, and they just need a few more days to open their buds.
The Camellia Festival is running until 18 March, so there is still time to enjoy them in bloom. For more information, see the website of Chiswick House and Gardens Trust.

Camellia japonica 'Welbankiana'
Camellia japonica 'Welbankiana' - 21 February 2012

Camellia japonica 'Imbricata'
Camellia japonica 'Imbricata' - 21 February 2012

Friday, 10 February 2012

Snowdrop Days at Chelsea Physic Garden

Snowdrops at Chelsea Physic Garden
Snowdrops (galanthus plicatus) and primroses – 7 February 2012

Chelsea Physic Garden is closed during the winter months, but every year opens its doors to the public for its Snowdrop Days event in February. This year's Snowdrop Days are from 4 to 12 February–two more days to go!

I went there on Tuesday; this was my third visit, the first time that it was sunny and there was snow (I've only ever been to the Chelsea Physic Garden for the Snowdrop Days, although I do intend to visit in summer some time).
It was lovely. You wouldn't think at the moment that spring is around the corner, but here are heralds of spring, and there are many of them in the garden, on display in a plant theatre and growing in the flower beds. There is a snowdrop trail you can follow, and there are guided tours, too. For more information, see Chelsea Physic Garden's website.

Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden – 7 February 2012

Snowdrops at Chelsea Physic Garden
Galanthus 'S. Arnott' – 7 February 2012