Scintillating Scillas

Scilla bifolia

Spring Squill, Scilla verna, on Mingulay If you have ever wandered along the coastal cliffs of the north and west of the British Isles, you may have encountered one of the most delicate of our native spring flowers, the Spring Squill, Scilla verna. Nestling in the short turf or tucked into crevices, when abundant it… Continue reading Scintillating Scillas

A Visit from the Widow

Iris tuberosa Widow Iris

A couple of weeks ago, iris-type leaves emerged in the lean-to-garden and produced a bud. No plant label, which is not too unusual, but the Head Gardener had no recollection of planting iris tubers in this particular spot. Eventually the identity of the mystery plant as revealed as the flower opened. It is a plant… Continue reading A Visit from the Widow

12 Days of Christmas

Narcissus bulbocodium

Day 12: Anticipation I have been watching this flower for over a week now with growing excitement. According to the label it is Narcissus fernandesii grown from seed planted in 2014. Each day I monitored its progress, watching as the perianth elongated and slowly started to open. Yesterday I could see the anthers and the… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

Day 5: A Plant for all seasons There are some plants which are as tough as old boots, live in dark corners, prefer to be totally pot-bound, appear to exist on little more than fresh air and flower in the winter! This is the perfect plant to give to anyone who professes to kill any… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

Galanthus elwesii 'Mrs Macnamara', Snowdrop

Day 2: Galanthus elwesii 'Mrs Macnamara' For many Christmas may have been a little more low key, minimalist or subdued than usual; perhaps solitary but I hope not lonely. Christmas for the Croft Gardeners is always secular and modest, but perhaps with a touch of hedonism as befits the Winter Festival. Today it is raining… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas