Gillenia trifoliata

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Good year for this Gillenia, growing in my own back garden in Stapleton, Bristol. Starry white flowers growing in very sandy soil in shade for most of the day.

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Shield Bug Nymphs on a rose leaf.

Rose Beetle

Shield Bug Nymphs

Sawfly larvae were busily devouring the rest of the rose.

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Arisaema ciliatum

Growing in dappled shade in a hedgerow border in deep soil, good conditions for this exotic looking member of the Arum family. “Jack in the Pulpit” one of its local names. From sw China!

From a garden in South Gloucestershire, Hill near Thornbury.

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Fringe Tree, Chionanthus virginicus

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Schisandra sphenanathera, Schisandra spice

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Just coming to the end of its flowering season is this rarely seen Schisandra sphenanathera, a hardy, woody, twining climber, good for trailing over walls in the dappled shade of open woodland.

It is a dioecious genus and this specimen in a private garden near Barrow Gurney in North Somerset is a male. Sadly this means I wont be seeing the attractive pendulous fruits that make this such a valuable herb that has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicines. I hope to plant a female for it soon!

Schisandra sphenanthera

Schisandra sphenanthera

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Bladdernut, Staphylea colchica

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Trained Fruit

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Sweet Rocket & Wisteria

Sweet Rocket & Wisteria

Sweet Rocket & Wisteria

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A climbing rose

Mme Alfred Carriere, Weigela and some Gladiolus

Mme Alfred Carriere, Weigela and some Gladiolus

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A Good Spring for Wisteria

Wisteria

Wisteria

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