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Oxford Botanic Garden in early February


By AndrewR


Today I attended a course at Oxford Botanic Garden, and during the break for lunch, took the opportunity to take a quick look round.

I had seen this iris on the way in

Euphorbias come in all shapes and sizes. This one, euphorbia rigida, was planted on the top of the rock garden; the stone under it obviously holding some heat, and bringing it into flower

I planted ribes laurifolium in my own garden last year. I hope it does as well as this plant

Here is a close-up of the flowers

Even edgeworthia chrysantha was coming into bloom a month early

While this witch hazel was obviously happy

And this alstroemeria thought it was still summer

When there are not many flowers around, you tend to notice foliage more. I’m not a fan of buddleias, but the leaves of buddleia glomerata are distinctive

In a sheltered corner, the new shoots of photinia serrulata were starting to grow

I also liked the elongated leaves on this epimedium

Quillaja saponaria is a new plant to me. It’s a tree from central Chile, and the inner bark can be reduced to a powder and then mixed with water, when it forms a lather used as a substitute for soap

Of course, there were lots of snowdrops. This one looked especially vigorous

As well as specimen clumps, they were used to give colour in borders at this time of year. In the shade they are mixed with winter aconites

And with crocuses in the sun

Then it was back out of the cold wind, and back to the course

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Some lovely plants there Andrew love the clusters of snowdrops too, hope you do well on your course.

8 Feb, 2014


The photo of the witch hazel is my favorite. Wonderful form.

8 Feb, 2014


Thanks, Andrew ..
interesting tour around the plants.
Did you enjoy the course ?

9 Feb, 2014


TT - I felt it was a little superficial. It only lasted six hours (including a lunch break), and would have been better spread over two days. But then that would have increased the cost enormously

9 Feb, 2014


Yes... the price is a definite factor in these 'educational' events ...

The Quillarja saponaria looks fascinating.. according to Wiki can grow to 20 metres high ...

You've taken some interesting pics to give you extra ideas for your own garden.

9 Feb, 2014


Great blog and Pics Andrew, and did I detect sunshine in your pics???

9 Feb, 2014


Very interesting. Just need more space and good soil.

9 Feb, 2014


An interesting blog Andrew and some unusual plants. I like the ribes laurifolium and the border with the snowdrops and aconitums is lovely.

9 Feb, 2014


Thankyou Andrew, it was good of you to share your stroll with us, the Witch Hazel and that border are a sight for sore eyes..........

9 Feb, 2014


Waddy - yes, the sun did put in a brief appearance, but the wind was biting. Not a day to linger outside :-(

9 Feb, 2014


what was your course about Andrew? I'd love to do these sort of things.

9 Feb, 2014


Loved those spring borders and the buddleia glomerata. These days they tend to cram too much into one day and I hate it when they spend too long on the bits I'm not interested in.....

10 Feb, 2014


Loved seeing the plants Andrew, such a treat.

16 Feb, 2014

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