London Open Garden Squares Weekend – 8th & 9th June 2013

An article from The Telegraph about this coming weekend and the annual Open Garden Squares Weekend. Maybe a little late for entry into 10 Downing Street, but other treats I think... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/open-gardens/10088452/Open-Garden-Squares-weekend-embrace-a-greener-London.html Open Garden Squares Weekend is the London Parks & Gardens Trust's highest profile event and, since 1998, has become a regular fixture in…

Two beautiful magnolias (I want to say ‘Steel Magnolias’ but it just doesn’t work..)

Wandering through the winding paths of Battleston Hill (RHS Gardens Wisely, Surrey) this first week of June, I wasn't expecting pristine Magnolia blossom, despite the chilly countenance of Spring setting most flowering calendars out by a week or three. Taking a new path on the lower slopes (the gardeners have been extending the network of…

What do Red Rum, Tequila, Manhatten, Towering Inferno and slippers have in common?

Lupins - Masterpiece (purple) and Beefeater (red) - two outstanding, robust and free-flowering cottage garden plants from West Country Lupins (their website noted below). Strong of stem, these sturdy plants giving several weeks of flower in the early summer. Fantastic colour combinations in varieties such as Towering Inferno, Manhattan Lights, Persian Slipper, Tequila Flame and…