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A spring match as one of the first butterflies seen, many of you will recognise it as the Peacock Butterfly Nymphalis io (Nymphalidae) as it briefly lands on the earliest cherry to flower in the gardens. This is 'Prunus incisa' Shidare. Need to know more? Prunus incisa is the Japanese Fuji Cherry and this selection came direct from a Japanese nursery over 40 years ago. It was only later we discovered Shidare is the Japanese word for weeping. Look for Prunus incisa 'Pendula', a lovely plant, but better for the average garden might be Prunus incisa 'Kojo-No-Mai'. ... See MoreSee Less

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Bressingham Bluebell? We are really pleased at how well this bluebell is spreading….primarily by seed. First obtained by Adrian from the Cambridge Botanical Garden several years ago, this is Scilla bithynica, the Serbian Squill, although it is widespread in the Balkans. It flowers a month before our more common bluebell, and dies back by midsummer. We may have some available in pots next spring, alongside our favourite snowdrop, Galanthus S. Arnott.

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Out on show in Adrian’ s Wood is Lysichiton americanum, also called western skunk cabbage (native to the US); a plant found in swamps and wet woods, along streams and in other wet areas of the Pacific Northwest, where it is one of the few native species in the arum family. The plant is called skunk cabbage because of the distinctive "skunky" odor that it emits when it blooms. This odor will permeate the area where the plant grows, and can be detected even in old, dried specimens. The distinctive odor attracts its pollinators, scavenging flies and beetles. It is a useful and beautiful plant.
Adrian’s wood is the area of the garden dedicated to plants from North America.
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It will be so lovely to welcome people back to the gardens from Saturday 27th March. There is so much peace and serenity to be found walking in nature, and we all need a bit of that right now! If you can't make it to the gardens, then we will do our best to share with you, and show you what delights the garden brings over the coming months.

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Vibrant colours in our Winter Garden. We are ready to welcome you from Saturday 27th March!
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