The wild garden is my favourite area here at Gravetye. It has received its yearly cut and work has been done to clear around and through some of the trees and shrubs that are growing through this area. So instead of looking down, as I have been since the spring, when the grasses and wildflowers have […]Read more "Plant of the week"
Weekly plant identification forms part of my studies here at Gravetye. I walked through the meadow with Tom last week, trying to work out what species of hawkbit or catsear is currently in flower there. We worked out that it is the less desirable autumn hawkbit or Scorzoneroides autumnalis, but its place in the meadow is still […]Read more "Plant of the week"
This week I have chosen a cultivated mullein called, Verbascum olympicum ‘Christo’s Yellow Lightening’. Partly for the name that was given by Fergus Garrett to remind him of travelling times with Christopher Lloyd. It was named after being the best of a trial at Great Dixter. The other reason is as I have been working […]Read more "PLANT OF THE WEEK"
This week I have chosen the tree poppy in the small garden, our guests can gaze at its beauty while having their drink or coffee outside on the terrace, or having a relaxing walk along the long border. The Romneya coulteri (tree poppy) is a species of flowering plant in the poppy family. Native to […]Read more "PLANT OF THE WEEK"
In front of our oak-framed Gazebo in the Little Garden at this time of year, is the beautiful Dahlia Porcelain in full bloom. The Dahlia porcelain is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native to Mexico. A member of the Asteraceae (or Compositae), dicotyledonous plants, related species include the sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum, and […]Read more "PLANT OF THE WEEK"
This week I have chosen one of an important genus of plants here at Gravetye Manor, called Salvia sclarea var, turkestanica or Clary Sage. I have chosen this species over all the other salvias that we have because it is hardy and doesn’t need lifting to protect it from frosts over winter. It has a […]Read more "Plant of the Week"
My favourite plant this week would be the stunning Gladiolus purple flora. It is very hard to pick a favourite especially at this time of year, where the garden is just full of amazing coloured flowers. While walking along the long border it is the purple that catches my eye, and gets all my attention. […]Read more "PLANT OF THE WEEK"