Apricot Foxx, Brown Sugar, La Belle Epoque & Crown Imperials

Apricot Foxx (pink/peach), Brown Sugar (pink/orange) and La Belle Epoque (brown) are all stunning tulips in this fine display, matched perfectly with Fritillaria imperialis 'Rubra Maxima,' the Crown Imperial and a skirt of Narcissus Suzy (yellow with red centre). A rhythm of large planters along a wide terrace with a daring, close-colour harmony. Another brilliant…

Trilliums at RHS Harlow Carr

A woodland spot and an impressive stand of trilliums with purple flame-flowers above distinctive leaves. Trillium chloropetalum is one of the more robust trilliums and makes impressive spring clumps as here, at RHS Harlow Carr. Nearby were Trillium flexipes White and Trillium erectum, below

Calceolaria in the Alpine House, Harlow Carr

Calceolaria 'Walter Shrimpton' in the new Alpine House at the RHS Gardens in Yorkshire at Harlow Carr. Extraordinary optical illusion going on here.. ... there has to be a reason for these markings  - and now I just need to find out what it is. A slightly smaller relative, Calceolaria fothergillii, pictured below.

Lemon sorbet, blackberry ice, tutti-frutti, raspberry ripple, orange granita…

I''ve had to console myself with a visit to the RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr, while recording Alan Titchmarsh and the goings on at the Chelsea Flower Show on the BBC. But hard done I am not, given the fantastic display at these Yorkshire gardens, as well as brunch at Betty's famous establishment, on site.…