Wednesday 9 May 2012

A damp day in Oxford

Bluebells at the Harcourt Arboretum

A visitor from the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia, Breck Miller, provided the excuse and opportunity to visit Oxford today. Unfortunately it rained for most of the day, at varying intensity, but we toured the Harcourt Arboretum with its Curator Ben Jones this morning, seeing all the exciting new developments he has planned; warmed up with a curry lunch at Worcester College with its Head Gardener Simon Bagnall, and then toured the Worcester College garden, the Oxford Botanic Garden and Magdalen College in his company. Not ideal conditions for photography, but here are a few things that caught my eye.

The beautifully mown lawn in the front quad of Worcester College - an example of the good gardening seen throughout the grounds. Follow the gardening team's activities on their blog, WoCoGaGa.

Magdalen Tower from the Oxford Botanic Garden.
A nice, if watery, combination of Euphorbia griffithii and Carex elata 'Aurea' in the OBG.

Carnivorous plants have been a feature of the Oxford Botanic Garden for as long as I can remember: Sarracenia flava and Utricularia reniforme, in the glasshouse.

Crabapples and lilacs overhanging New College Lane.


  1. That lawn is amazing and I do like the carex and euphorbia combo

  2. Brother, Sister in law and bump14 May 2012 at 20:39

    so you do like nice lawns then???


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