Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Last weekend at 'Get a Jump on Spring', an annual event at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, I was able to purchase some used books at extraordinarily reasonable prices.
On top of that I was offered a 'freeby' with my purchase, choosing from a pile of old gardening magazines and other ephemera. My eye fell on this pamphlet from the Edinburgh Botanic Garden published in 1964 and with this lovely cover, typical of the graphic design and illustration of that time.

The Most!

The anticipation of Spring hangs me up. The most!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Narcissus asturiensis

I've had these lovely little bulbous plants for several years, but I've never been able to grow them successfully. The problem was that I tried to grow them in the ground and inevitably their diminutive scale was lost in the bigger landscape and tiny flowers, so close to the ground, would be splashed with mud after rain. This summer I dug them up by mistake and I decided then and there that they should be potted up and grown on in the greenhouse. Only three bulbs survived this and only two bloomed, but what an exciting occasion this has been in the greenhouse in the middle of February.

The Narcissus a few days ago, just about to open.

This picture will give you some idea of the scale of these plants.

In the next day or two I will be sure to pollinate these flowers and hope to collect seed later in the Spring.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Elderly Lady Gardener

A photograph by John Dillwyn Llewelyn from the Swansea Museum Library.

Monday, February 7, 2011

John Dillwyn Llewelyn

John Dillwyn Llewelyn was a photography pioneer and a botanist. It is therefore not surprising then, that many of his photographic subjects were plants and flowers. He also photographed the Gower coast and other landscapes in Swansea, South Wales, including his estate Penllergaer.
This is all very familiar to me as I was born in Swansea and spent the first 21 years of my life there. As children we used to play in Penllagaer woods which was at that time overgrown and neglected and considered a dangerous place by our parents, which made it an even more irresistible a place to explore.

John Dillwyn Llewelyn. This and the following pictures are in the Collection of the Swansea Museum Library.

Foxgloves and Ferns. For this post I've chosen to show cut flowers arranged in vases, but there are many other plants shown growing in situ in his garden and in the wild.




Roses in a Portland Vase.