Noel Kingsbury

A finger in the ocean – Cornwall.

– Posted in: Garden Adventures
High rainfall ensures that surfaces that would remain bare elsewhere get covered in vegetation - Primula vulgaris and ferns on a stone retaining wall.

The classic view of Trebah, planted early 20th century; perhaps the most typical Cornish valley garden. Vast rhododendrons, vaster than you ever imagined you’d see, magnolias with their impossibly large flowers on as yet leafless branches, camellias forming virtual forests, Gunnera manicata spreading like an ambitious triffid along a valley floor, sheets of bluebells and [...]


– Posted in: Bulbs
The judges inspecting Narcissi at the Royal Horticultural Society show, London. Pic" Jo Whitworth

Daffodils at Acorn Bank garden, Cumbria, UK, mostly wild Narcissus pseudonarcissus crossed with some old varieties genetically close to the original wild species. Photo:NK. Daffodils are somehow the quintessential spring flower. The appearance of their distinctive yellow flowers is a sure sign that winter has either ended or is about to soon. Unlike the tulip, [...]

Singapore – The Garden City State

– Posted in: Miscellaneous
Some of us complain about having to cut up stems before they go on the compost heap. These are palm leaves being chainsawed.

How to describe the city state of Singapore? Downtown is like an American downtown (with even more malls – yes really!), the suburbs like….well a kind of tropical multiracial version of Sweden with a rather bossy government - the same well-designed but rather bland housing estates of modestly tall tower blocks, all separated by amazing [...]