The Tea Break Gardener

Garden stories from a passionate, laid-back grower

Plant profiles, how-to guides and seasonal diaries

How to plant Wood Anemones

2021-01-12T16:42:59+00:00November 6th, 2019|Garden Plants and Trees|

Wood Anemones light up the floor of deciduous woodlands in March and April with starry constellations of pure white or pink tinged blooms.  The flowers are lifted above a shaggy carpet of lush green leaves, an emerald sky to the white star flowers. This is not a flower I was [...]

Growing Magnolia from seed

2019-10-29T16:40:22+00:00October 28th, 2019|Garden Plants and Trees|

For the first time this year I have ripe fruits on my magnolia kobus tree. Growing magnolia trees from seed is a long game, and an uncertain one. The tree has gifted me seeds so I'm giving it a go. Here's how I prepared the seeds for planting next spring.