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Hakonechloa macra -winter sun on foliage. Photo by Tony Garn

Hakone grass

Hakonechloa macra is a perennial, clump forming, grass. It is named after Mt.Hakone, on the island of Honshu, Japan and is a monotypic genus. The foliage browns and…

Reflection of Quercus robur 'Pulverulenta'. Photo by Tony Garn

Reflections of a deciduous canopy

Examples of sculpted work as part of the Roots to Shoots exhibition at the Garden until 10th March 2013 can be found on the Oak lawn. Reflective plates…

Will reducing storm damage Pinus sylvestris 18.1.2012 . Photo by Tony Garn

End of an era

Our native Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) with one of out Arboricultural Team at the top, as it is dismantles to make itsafe in the Upper Woodland Garden after…

Quercus robur

The aboricultural and Alpine teams tackle the removal of one of 35 large trees lost on the 3rd. Quercus robur, the Common Oak (Pedunculate Oak, English Oak) was…

Trees in nursery. Photo by Tony Garn

Something new

Luckily the Nursery suffered less damage to its infrastructure than the main Garden. However, the skin of one of the largest tunnels was completely blown off. Fortunately, there…

Claytonia perfoliata, Winter Purslane. Photo by Tony Garn

Seedling growth

Temperatures reaching double figures have been a daily occurrence this month and so too through December. Even the overnight minimum does not often drop below zero. Apart from…

Fallen Betula utulis var. utulis. Photo by Tony Garn

New life from the January 3rd. storm 19260120 Betula utilis var. utilis

Perhaps one of the most important trees lost was part of our historic Chinese collections. The original seed for this plant came from The Arnold Arboretum in the…

Pinus coulteri. Photo by Tony Garn

Devastation

“The worst storm for a decade” said the weather forecaster following a day of violent winds and heavy rain. Wind speeds in excess of 100mph were recorded in…

Greehouse damage

Storm damage

As many of you may have seen in newspapers or on the TV the RBG experienced extensive damage in the recent gales. Below are some photographs of the…

Euclinia longiflora. Photo by Tony Garn

Herald the New Year

Euclinia longiflora, this tropical West African native is a deciduous small tree growing in the tropical Palm House where it appreciates a humid atmosphere. At the end of…

Rhododendron charitopes ssp tsangpoense x campylogynum. Photo by Tony Garn

Banking on bloom

After the snow, there is the promise of colour to come. In the rock garden are specimens of a naturally occurring hybrid Rhododendron; Rhododendron charitopes ssp. tsangpoense x…

Inula magnifica. Photo by Tony Garn

Picked to the bone

A cold winter puts strain on the food resources that the gardens’ bird population depends on. Capsules on the spent herbaceous flower stalks are one source of food…

Ilex pernyi. Photo by Tony Garn

Ilex pernyi

A small leaved Holly, introduced by E.H. Wilson from Sichuan province, China, during an expedition funded by the Arnold Arboretum. It grows amongst forests and woody cover in…

Abies alba. Photo by Tony Garn

Fishbone fir

The image shows the shoot and branch framework exaggerated by snow cover. Abies alba, the “European Silver Fir” sprinkled with snow appears to have a fishbone structure. A…

Betula platyphylla. Photo by Tony Garn

Seed dispersal

The recent snow provided evidence of wind direction and seed dispersal. The attached images show the profuse quantity of light brown seed held in the catkins of Betula…

Joint Failure. photo by Tony Garn

The pipes; the pipes.

From – 2.5ºC rising to + 4ºC; this dramatic rise in temperature over 2 hours on the morning of 9th January allowed frozen pipes to suddenly thaw. Result:…

Yucca elata - fibre. Photo by Tony Garn

Heavy heads succumb to the ravages of winter weather

The combination of dense wet snow and a gusting wind from the ENE caused the fragile trunk of Yucca elata growing at the corner of the fern house…

Compost bin with Salix binding. Photo by Tony Garn

Contain that compost and nourish the soil

Much of the work to be done in the garden at this time of year produces quantities of pruning’s and other green resource material. Note the use of…

Sarcococca confusa. Photo by Tony Garn

Intense scent

As January fades the heavy scent from Sarcococca confusa intensifies. A dense growing evergreen preferring the woodland edge but happy in deep shade also. Listed as origin unknown,…

Vinca difformis. Photo by Tony Garn

Not “difformed”; but a fine form

Now well established in the Copse is the evergreen Vinca difformis. Straggly bootlace shoots are sent out over ground at a rate of knots. Occasionally rooting down at…