A History Lesson

Boscobel, an English rose from David Austin This is Boscobel, one of the roses introduced last year by David Austin, and fast becoming a favourite - it is delightfully fragrant with large flowers which mix pink with stronger tones of peach and even orange. I've yet to see it planted in a big group, but…

My Roehampton Garden

My garden project in Roehampton Late summer coming and there is quite a subdued palette - so I have added the kniphofia I've been photographing a lot recently (Mango Popsicle) to the mix - it will look great with the golden grasses, pop against the pink of the rose Harlow Carr, and sing against the…

Ruby Tuesday

Fuchsias are grown for their very attractive, usually pendent flowers that are borne more or less continuously from summer to autumn. They are useful in summer-bedding schemes, containers or in the ground. Some fuchsias are hardy enough to be used as hedges and in permanent plantings. All fuchsias have the same general routine care: In…

Blue Spires

Russian Sage - Perovskia atriplicifolia Little Spire I'm quoting from Graham Stuart Thomas' book, Perennial Garden Plants and I think he is a fan. Ardent sun-lovers for well-drained soil. In shade they will flower but tend to sprawl. Though truly shrubs they are best cut to the ground every spring to encourage strong shoots and…

Canary Snowstorm

Dahlia Canary Fubuki A beautiful dahlia with (decasplit) blooms of lemon fading to the tips, literally translating as Canary Snowstorm. Growing to 1m-1.2m, preferring rich soils and probably needing some winter protection in colder regions. Deadhead regularly for a display that should carry on until the first frosts. Then either lift the tubers and store…

Chartwell and Winston Churchill

Chartwell, Kent. The Family Home of Winston Churchill A late-in-the-day decision to visit Chartwell (getting the best value from the National Trust annual membership), the family home of Winston Spencer Churchill. Presented very much as it was when it was their family home, with gardens that Winston had a great deal to do with -…

Zielone Palce

We're getting ready to bring you a regular gardening show on ORLA.fm, which is something completely new for me and very, very exciting. Promotional recordings are being aired this weekend and I hope that they whet your appetite for the full-on shows which start in October. After many years doing all kinds of other things, I came…