Agosto, Asphodelus albus

Asphodelus albus, gamón blanco, white-flowered asphodel. visto en el campo alrededor el Monasterio de Tentudia, Extremadura, España.  

Mango ‘Gir Kesar’

There are many cultivars of Mango, Mangifera indica. One of the most highly prized varieties is Mango ‘Gir Kesar’. It has a very sweet honeyed flavour, with an excellent non-fibrous texture (a problem which some lesser mango varieties can suffer from).  This superior cultivar was raised in Girnar, Gujarat, India. This particular Mango ‘Gir Kesar’…

The Lily species and their bulbs, by Pontus Wallstén

Book recommendation This book is an excellent encyclopaedia of lily species with complete growing information. It is full of beautiful photos of Lily species in the wild and cultivation. There is also a section, where lily enthusiasts share their personal experience and cultivation tips.  It comes highly recommended. The author, Pontus Wallstén is a Lilium…


An alternative traditional common name for Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, in the South East of England is May. Unsurprisingly due to it’s flowering time in May.

April; Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’, Flowering Time

It’s been a super busy April, hence the lateness of this post. It has also been an exceptionally late spring in the in the United Kingdom, particularly for the South of England. There was snow in March! This makes it an interesting time to reflect upon what was blooming in this time in 2014 (a…

Wood-apple, Limonia acidissima

This unusual looking fruit, the wood-apple, Limonia acidissima is aptly named in English; the hard outer shell is as hard as wood, almost like a miniature cannon ball. Limonia is the only species in the genus. It is in the citrus family, Rutaceae. The wood-apple is widely distributed throughout India and the Subcontinent. Inside the…

Platycodon grandiflorus,

Balloon flower tea, made from Platycodon grandiflorus, a close relative of campanula, is one of many Korean Teas made from herbs native to the peninsula. Platycodon grandiflorus tea, is known as Dora Ji Cha, in Korea.

Sugar Apple, Annona squamosa

The sugar apple, Annona squamosa a delicious member of the Custard apple family Annonaceae, pictured here in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Peacock Butterfly

In recent years, butterfly gardens or planting schemes to attract butterflies have become increasingly popular. Selecting nectar providing plants, such as buddleia, Buddleja sp., commonly known as the butterfly bush can attract masses of adult butterflies.  Despite this, many species of butterfly native to the United Kingdom are still in decline. Perhaps a more effective…