Clematis armandii

Clematis armandii

This amazing evergreen clematis is covered in fabulous fragrant flowers. What a wonderful way to start spring. The bumble bees are loving it too. The flowers are really abundant this year and the perfume is really heady in the sunshine. A must have if you have a south facing wall. My poor photographs do not do it justice. Check it out at http://www.crocus.co.uk #spring flowers #garden design #clematis

Is It Nearly Spring?

Is It Nearly Spring?

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Catkins

As the catkins open up and start to release their pollen it looks as though spring is just around the corner. The Hellebores have been in flower for a while and once the old foliage is removed  they look stunning with a real splash of colour. Crocus, snowdrops and daffodils are all in full bloom here too. Thank you to Rich Walker for this lovely image.

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These Hellebores were photographed by Susan Rushton at Gresgarth Hall . Stunning examples. See https://susanrushton.net/

Hellebore Day

Hauser and Wirth Gardens and Gallery

Hauser and Wirth Gardens and Gallery

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I had the chance to visit this amazing place with a group of fellow garden designers. Our main aim was to see the gardens created by Piet Oudolf however, I was totally enthralled by the entire complex at Durslade Farm in Somerset.The combination of art and sculpture gallery, architecture, gardens and restaurant work in total harmony. The cloister area was a particular delight with its mix of grasses and perennials providing a glorious space for the sculpture. At this time of year the main garden has real wow factor. The late summer flowering perennials planted en mass are a delight to the eye. Scale here is everything, but there are beautiful plant combinations to copy. Remember that the planting is on a clay soil. Do visit. It would be worth going for each season and hitting the exhibition changes as well.