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Over Due

2 Mar

Hello everyone! I know I’ve been neglecting this poor blog, but I’m here to say I am still alive and well! I just left Edinburgh this morning and now I am settling into London and I start my first day at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew tomorrow. It has always been a childhood dream of mine to live in London and work at Kew, and now it is finally happening!

I really should be getting ready for tomorrow, so this won’t be a substantial post in the way of words. It hope a parade of pretty pictures will satisfy most of you. These photos are all from around Scotland (RBGE = Royal Botanic Garden Edinbrugh, GBG = Glasgow Botanic Gardens).

The pleasingly prehistoric Ferns & Fossils House. RBGE

The pleasingly prehistoric Ferns & Fossils House. RBGE

Another view of the Fern & Fossils House. RBGE

Another view of the Fern & Fossils House. RBGE

There is desert fern Notholaena standleyi in the Arid Lands House. RBGE

There is desert fern Notholaena standleyi in the Arid Lands House. RBGE

Here is tropical rhododendron (Vireya) Rhododendron christi in the Montane Tropical House. RBGE

Here is tropical Rhododendron (Vireya) Rhododendron christi in the Montane Tropical House. RBGE

Here is Primulina tamiana in the Montane Tropical House. RBGE

Here is Primulina tamiana in the Montane Tropical House. RBGE

Here is another Rhododendron christi, but this time growing out of a bed of feathery Selaginella. RBGE

Here is another Rhododendron christi, but this time growing out of a bed of feathery Selaginella. RBGE

The frothy flowers of Begonia angularis in the Temperate Lands House. RBGE

The frothy flowers of Begonia angularis in the Temperate Lands House. RBGE

The icy-white flowers of Vinca difformis glow in the soft light by the John Hope Gateway. RBGE

The icy-white flowers of Vinca difformis glow in the soft light by the John Hope Gateway. RBGE

Here is Helleborus cyclophyllus braving the biting cold in the Woodland Garden. RBGE

Here is Helleborus cyclophyllus braving the biting cold in the Woodland Garden. RBGE

Also braving the cold is Primula sibthorpii. RBGE

Also braving the cold is Primula sibthorpii. RBGE

There is a bench full of Begonia socotrana grown from wild collected seed from a collecting trip during the 1990's. RBGE

There is a bench full of Begonia socotrana grown from wild collected seed from a collecting trip during the 1990’s. RBGE

Here is the extremely rare Pelargonium insularis from the island of Socotra. RBGE

Here is the extremely rare Pelargonium insularis from the island of Socotra. RBGE

An aroid blooming in one of the backup glasshouses.

An aroid blooming in one of the backup glasshouses. RBGE

What looks like a mass of little aliens is a Gymnospermium albertii waking up for the year.

What looks like a mass of little aliens is a Gymnospermium albertii waking up for the year. RBGE

Primula allionii beginning to flower in the backup alpine houses.

Primula allionii beginning to flower in the backup alpine houses. RBGE

This Dionysia afghanica is only 1.5" wide and 11 years ago it was as big as a pinky fingernail - cute!

This Dionysia afghanica is only 1.5″ wide and 11 years ago it was as big as a pinky fingernail – cute! RBGE

Here is another Primula allionii. It's so tiny!

Here is another Primula allionii. It’s so tiny! RBGE

This is Agapetes variegata var macrantha and I've never seen such big flowers on this genus before!

This is Agapetes variegata var macrantha and I’ve never seen such big flowers on this genus before! RBGE

Now this little lovely is Rhododendron himantodes - a tropical Rhododendron that was once in the genus Vireya.

Now this little lovely is another tropical Rhododendron:  Rhododendron himantodes. RBGE

This Pterostylis hybrid, 'Nodding Grace', reminds me of a thirsty goblin.

This is hybrid Pterostylis ‘Nodding Grace’. The flowers remind me of a thirsty goblin. RBGE

A tiny Narcissus, possibly Narcissus assoanus.

A tiny Narcissus, possibly Narcissus assoanus. RBGE

This teeny weeny orchid might be an Appendicula sp. (Thanks Marc for the partial ID.)

This teeny weeny orchid might be an Appendicula sp. (Thanks Marc for the partial ID.) RBGE

I found his beautiful arrangement of orchids in the back up greenhouses. The large orchid with the black throat is a Dendrobium nobile type, while I can't remember the name of the lovely white one.

I found his beautiful arrangement of orchids in the back up greenhouses. The large orchid with the black throat is a Dendrobium nobile type, while I can’t remember the name of the lovely white one. RBGE

This tranquil scene is a moss sanctuary at RBGE Benmore.

This tranquil scene is a moss sanctuary at RBGE Benmore.

This recently refurbished Victorian fern house is also at RBGE.

This recently refurbished Victorian fern house is also at RBGE Benmore.

Here are some young Araucaria trees in the Chilean Garden at RBGE Benmore.

Here are some young Araucaria trees in the Chilean Garden at RBGE Benmore.

Here is a shot of one of the gardens at RBGE Logan.

Here is a shot of one of the gardens at RBGE Logan.

This quaint bed of snowdrops had my swooning all day. RBGE Logan.

This quaint bed of snowdrops had my swooning all day. RBGE Logan

This is Sparmannia africana and when my mentor for the week flicked the flower I watched with amazement as the anthers in the flower quickly spread out.

This is Sparmannia africana and when my mentor for the week flicked the flower I watched with amazement as the anthers in the flower quickly spread out. RBGE Logan

The flowers of Calliandra haematocephala are wonderfully soft and I like the very cheery red. GBG

The flowers of Calliandra haematocephala are wonderfully soft and I like the very cheery red. GBG

Not a flower, but a seed pod of Glottiphyllum angustum. GBG

Not a flower, but a seed pod of Glottiphyllum angustum. GBG

This lovely thing is hybrid orchid Coelogyne 'Unchained Melody'. GBG

This lovely thing is hybrid orchid Coelogyne ‘Unchained Melody’. GBG

This beardy orchid is Coelogyne barbata. GBG

This beardy orchid is Coelogyne barbata. GBG

These Primulas are tender Malacoidea- type hybrids. GBG

These are tender Primula malacoidea – type hybrids. GBG

I love the orange bell flowers of this Kalanchoe. Looks like a species, but it may be a hybrid. GBG

I love the orange bell flowers of this Kalanchoe. Looks like a species, but it may be a hybrid. GBG

These trusses of tiny flowers belong to Dendrochilum tenellum. Fragrant too!

These trusses of tiny flowers belong to Dendrochilum tenellum. Fragrant too! GBG

I think this is Blechnum orientale, but whatever it is the new fronds are glorious!

I think this is Blechnum orientale, but whatever it is the new fronds are glorious! GBG

This little orchid is Scaphosepalum verrucosum. The flowers look like little vipers to me.

This little orchid is Scaphosepalum verrucosum. The flowers look like little vipers to me. GBG

This amazing room is the Filmy Fern Room at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

This amazing room is the Filmy Fern Room at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

The Clivias in the living room continue to bloom and bloom!

The Clivias in the living room continue to bloom and bloom!

Something you wouldn't find in the US - a castle in the middle of town!

Something you wouldn’t find in the US – a castle in the middle of town!

Is it just me or is there a skull in this Eucalyptus tree? RBGE

Is it just me or is there a skull in this Eucalyptus tree? RBGE

I had such a wonderful time in Edinburgh that leaving was a little bittersweet. However, I have a feeling that this isn’t goodbye for good. I know that was really short, but I’ll be back with more posts soon – I promise. Talk to you all soon!

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Onwards and Upwards

22 Dec

This was the state of my room this morning. During moments like this I wish I had Merlin’s magic bag from Disney’s Sword in the Stone to make packing and moving much easier. Alas, I am just a mere mortal.

Higitus, figitus, migitus, mum Prestidigitorium!

Higitus, figitus, migitus, mum
Prestidigitorium!

Over the weekend I visited two gardens: The Savill Garden and Oxford Botanic Garden. I will create a post for both and – hopefully – I will catch up and write about all the other gardens I have visited during the next few of weeks. Just two mini highlights from the two gardens:

These snowdrops at The Savill Garden are either really early or extremely late.

These snowdrops at The Savill Garden are either really early or extremely late.

Carlos (one of the trainees) spotted some snowdrops blooming at the foot of a tall oak and we all rushed over to admire them. I find the simplicity of snowdrops very beautiful, and combination of the clean linen white and fresh apple green is so hopeful and encouraging during the final throws of winter.

So small and delicate!

So small and delicate!

At the Oxford Botanic Garden a wonderful shrub was starting to bloom: Chimonanthus praecox. This deciduous, winter-blooming shrub is native to China where it is highly prized for its scent and its audacity. This shrub has long lancelet leaves and has a wild habit, but in the dead of winter brave blossoms hang off of the bare branches. The papery petals are pale yellow, bell-shaped and extremely fragrant. The scent is reminiscent of hyacinths, but softer and smoother – to die for. A must have in a winter garden where it can get a bit of shelter from the cold, drying winds.

Chimonanthus praecox, a ghostly looking flower with a haunting fragrance, blooming at Oxford Botanic Garden.

Chimonanthus praecox, a ghostly looking flower with a haunting fragrance, blooming at Oxford Botanic Garden.

My next stop is Bury St. Edmunds where I will be spending my Christmas and right after that straight onwards to Edinburgh. Technically I start my placement with the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh mid January, but since I have two ‘Study Weeks’ I wanted to take advantage of them and really get to know Scotland. (Plus nothing beats a Scottish winter to inspire you to write…specifically a mid-term report.) Anyway, time to finish packing and I’ll be heading off in the morning. Talk to you later!

Off to the Races

23 Feb

HazyOh wow, where do I even begin? It’s been a whirlwind of a month and a hazy week and to make things further foggy, I’ve been wrestling with a cold that sprung up and knocked me down. Though for the past day I been feeling better. I may have regained control, but I am cautiously stepping since this one wily cold.

A growing stack of finished labels a few days ago.

A growing stack of finished labels a few days ago.

Remember all the labels I’ve been making for the past month? Well, they are being proudly displayed in ‘The Lost Gardener’ at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. I helped throughout the process of installing the display garden and boy am I tired! We had essentially three days to create a thriving garden out of sawdust and mulch and the transformation is mind blowing. The cherry on top is that we won the Founder’s Cup, aka best in show! I’ll write up a post on the installation days leading up to judging, but that will be in a few days. Now that the flower show is in full swing (actually tomorrow is closing day), please pop by to see the garden!

Here's one view of 'The Lost Gardner' on judging day when the press was allowed in for photographing, though for the general public will see it in stage lighting.

Here’s one view of ‘The Lost Gardner’ on judging day when the press were ushered around. Though the lighting maybe be clear here, the general public will see it with stage lighting.

Another exciting thing this month is that  I heard back from a fellowship I applied for in January. I received an email on the 4th telling me I got an interview! The interview is in New York and I will be flying out in a few days. They only select one fellow a year so naturally I am a bit anxious, but super excited! With my lucky penny in hand and my dreams in the other, I am ready to walk through this door.

Anyway, here are a few photos to make up for a such a vague and short post.

The petals were SO white, they kept throwing off the white balance on the camera.

The petals were SO white, they kept throwing off the white balance on the camera.

The first snowdrops of the season started to bloom a few days ago in my garden. So clean and white! (Thankfully, they escaped the ravaging of slugs.)

I love the little red blotches on the pristine white petals.

I love the little red blotches on the pristine white petals.

The white hellebore from previous posts is really waking up now, which is really fitting since I bought this guy from the Northwest Flower & Garden Show a few years ago.

Primula 'Belarina Cream' holding up its first blossom undamaged by frost and heavy rain.

Primula ‘Belarina Cream’ holding up its first blossom undamaged by frost and heavy rain.

Here is a sweet primula to finish up the post. See you soon!

Spring Awakening

11 Feb

With the Northwest Flower and Garden show less than a week away, it will be a short post today – gotta get back to work. Here’s a few photos to keep your hope springing eternal.

Tree peonies from autumn waiting to be transplanted, but it looks like doing well.

Tree peonies from autumn I haphazardly threw into pots with just enough soil to cover the root balls. Surprisingly they look like they might bloom this year even in that state!

The first Primula polyanthus 'Gold Lace' starting to bud after being ravaged by wild rabbits.

The first Primula polyanthus ‘Gold Lace’ starting to bud after being ravaged by wild rabbits during autumn.

This Meconopsis 'Lingholm' was a reject that I took home in autumn and it looks like it's waking up!

This Meconopsis ‘Lingholm’ is a reject from work that I took home in autumn. Looks like it’s waking up!

The luscious double wine-colored Hellebore is just beginning to open.

The luscious double wine-colored Hellebore is just beginning to open.

The white Hellebore is starting to unfold as well showing it’s beautiful red eye.

The white Hellebore is starting to unfold as well showing it’s beautiful red eye.

The first snow drops in bud that have escaped the clutches of hungry slugs.

The first Snowdrops in bud, which miraculously escaped the pillaging of hungry slugs.

The buds on Beesia deltophylla starting to unfurl showing young purple tinted leaves.

The buds on Beesia deltophylla starting to unfurl showing young purple tinted leaves. Oh those white things? Sluggo.

The same Primula veris from the last post with the first bud open. Typically they bloom on tall thin stems during mid spring, but I seems that my plants just can't wait.

The same Primula veris from the last post with the first bud open. Typically they bloom on tall thin stems during mid spring, but it seems that my plants just can’t wait.

The dainty flowers on Cyclamen coum.

The dainty flowers on Cyclamen coum.

The first bud on Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Akabana' opening up; it won't be long!

The first bud on Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Akabana’ opening up – it won’t be long!

Install begins this Saturday, so expect a post on that soon!

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