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

Christmas Candles

Aloe striatula

The hardy aloe - Aloe striatula On a very grey, wet Hebridean morning I am unable to send you a vision of a snowy Christmas landscape with my seasonal greetings. So instead I offer some glowing floral spires from my greenhouse, a small gift of tropical sunshine.Thank you to everyone whose digital garden diaries have… Continue reading Christmas Candles