More is More – Petersham Nurseries revisited

Welcome to Petersham Nurseries A Sunday stroll along the Thames and up to Petersham Nurseries (I have written about this extravagant experience before) and I'm drawn back. The catering experience has expanded significantly since my last visit a few months ago, making all the plants and 'hardware' feel more and more like window dressing for…

Marilyn, Rockers and a comfy chair..

Sharing the marquee with the roses at this year's Hampton Court Flower Show, with a Vintage theme, were these pieces of floral artistry. Each display a quite astonishing piece of craft, beautifully realised and with such imagination. Rocking around the clock Drainpipes, jukebox, brilliant colours and design. I think 'his' shoes are known as 'brothel creepers...'…

Bee Magnet

Echinops bannaticus - Blue Globe Thistle A very useful perennial for the sunny border, preferring well-drained soils, where it will produce a tall, broad, branching plant up to 150cm in height. The flower buds are attractive, perfect spheres, steadily opening to reveal blue flowers - creating a globe of colour. A massed effect as seen…

Hannah Gordon, up close…

"I'm ready for my close-up" Hannah Gordon Not I might add our favourite Scottish actress, but the weird and slightly alien landscape at the heart of this bi-colour floribunda that I have taken a recent shine to. A clean crystalline white with neatly cherry-red to pink flushing, picotee edge and a wavy ruffling of the…