146. HDYGG

The UK’s pre-eminent collection of Lachenalias (the ‘leopard lily’) will be on display in the Five Arrows Gallery. Lachenalias represent one of the fastest-growing collector plants in the country. The Genus is full of interest, with 133 (and counting!) species offering a variety of colour during the dull winter months. Their size makes them the ideal plant for a kitchen pot, windowsill or conservatory, and they have an exceptionally long flowering season.

— Exbury Gardens

It’s  been wonderful to be able to pop to Exbury Gardens once again. The gardens are now open until the 6th November and no matter what time of the year you visit you’ll be in for a treat. I must admit my thoughts have already started to turn to daydreams of the giant wisteria blooming. The daffodil field at Exbury is the perfect partner to the blue skies we have been seeing in the UK this week.

Most of the photos that I am sharing today are from the Lachenalia display in Five Arrows Gallery. The gallery at Exbury Gardens always has interesting display from plants through to artwork and is a firm favourite with both myself and my children. Many thanks to Theo for his warm welcome!



I hope that you too have been enjoying lovely weather this week. I’ve dug over the raised beds in my own garden and plans are afoot to buy a consignment of lettuce plugs from Rocket Gardens once again. I am a fair-weather gardener that’s for sure!

Thank you, as always, to everyone who joined in last week with 145. HDYGG. Some faves include: Early March Whispers, Cherry Blossoms, seed fanatics here and here and a decision to be made by Ness.


12 replies on “ 146. HDYGG ”
  1. Oh so pretty. I am so pleased flowers are really starting to bloom now – the veiw from my front window is starting to become very pretty.

  2. What a treat for the opening week at Exbury Gardens. It always amazes me the number of varieties each species of plant can have.

  3. It must be nice having such a diverse garden close by. And at this time of year it will only get better! I’m going to grow lettuce this year too; some little gem and a few salad leaves. Salad is something I take for granted over the Summer and I really miss the fresh leaves once Winter moves in. Beautiful piccies as always – it goes without saying but even so, I always mention it 🙂

  4. I need to find a potted Leopard Lily for one of my windowsills to make sure I have colour all year round indoors! Also when I finally make it down to the New Forest I must make sure I visit Exbury Gardens. Your photos as always are a delicious treat.

  5. Such beautiful images, as always Annie. I love the cactuses (cacti??!) and succulents so much. Thank you for hosting lovely xx

  6. I’m a fair weather gardener too so in the last week I’ve been pottering and planting seeds. Looks such a pretty display of dainty flowers, gorgeous images.

  7. We haven’t been to Exbury yet, despite being not too far away. On my must-visit list for this year though, along with a bout a hundred other gardens!

  8. Gulp – I have just realised I have not commented on any posts from last week – hangs head in shame …. but in my defence I was a bit busy relaunching my blog. Am I forgiven?

  9. What beautiful flowers, I haven’t heard of Leopard Lillies before. It’s nice when you can start wandering around gardens and plant nurseries again. Although it’s gone really grey & cold here again now. Missed linking up last week, but have a post to join in with this week once the new #HDYGG is live 🙂

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