Brief Encounter

The wisteria blossom is almost over, a brief but intense affair, but before it goes altogether, a look at one last display at the RHS gardens at Wisley, taken a week or so ago. On a sturdy pillar, twin pillars in fact, a glamorous, deeply fragrant display that you can get right up close to…

Roses all the way; a superb specialist rose nursery in Sussex.

There seems to be a series developing here. Garden Centres I have known. Some, like Petersham Nurseries are pure fantasy, a theatrical experience where plants dress the stage, along with much else besides. Wych Cross Garden Centre, just south of East Grinstead, has magic too but for different reasons -  real passion and a collection…

Southbank “Festival of Neighbourhood”

I'm going to have a proper look at the Southbank Centre website to try and explain all of this. Horticulturally related, ingenious/make-do ways of growing things and so on, and I do like the wheelie-bin tree planters (which you can adopt) clustered around the brilliant sculpture of Nelson Mandela. And the wheelbarrows full of veg.…

Yes please…

What a lovely spot from which to admire your garden. An apartment just behind the Tate Modern, Bankside, overlooking the communal garden, though I can imagine it as my own. Hmm. Prices for 2-bed apartments starting at £1M... I'll resist the urge to look up the penthouses - they may have a multi-million pound View…

Mrs Alfred Carriere, feeling shy

My favourite rose, of the moment, since she is doing so well in my less than propitious garden (NW facing, enormous horse-chestnut tree, much competition from other climbers). Dozens of blooms with more promised and, thus far, not a hint of powdery mildew. Marvellous. And as with many plants, the reverse of the flower can…

Primula auricula Gordon Douglas

I'm hoping that by looking at lots of pictures of auriculas, that I won't need to go out and buy these beautiful and dramatic little beauties. And the more I find them in glasshouses (at Wisley, Kew, Harlow Carr), the more I hope to believe that they are temperamental creatures, needing all the mod-cons that…

Blue Fin Roof Garden, community gardens, Wren churches and The Temple.

As part of London Open Garden Squares Weekend, the roof garden at the Blue Fin Building (IPC Media) on Southwark Street was opened and provided a real treat, a surprising garden and panoramic views across London.40m/ten storeys up above London's streets, it is a substantial terrace on three sides of this distinctive building, with extensive…