Madame A. Meilland

Rose Madame A.Meilland (1942) Claudia Dubreuil, born in 1887, became Madame Meilland when she married Antoine Meilland. She died in 1932 at the comparatively early age of 45. Six generations of Meillands have been rose growers. They are still the most famous rose growing family in France, and the family firm produces some 12 million…

Passiflora citrina

Hailing from the hills of Honduras/Eastern Guatamala, Passiflora citrina is a delightful form of passionflower, found growing in moist pinewoods. A beautiful free-flowering plant which may be in bloom 10 months of the year. Pollinated by hummingbirds, if you have one about your person. The leaves are very distinct, paddle shaped and quite a lot…

Piet Oudolf Borders at RHS Wisley

Echinacea purpurea Rubinglow and Echinacea purpurea Green Edge Here, at the top of the border near The Mount, it is a battle between the Echinacea Rubinglow and Green Edge, though the balance is far in the favour of plummy purple cultivar. Allium seed heads provide some contrast too. The ground here, as well as being…

Astrantia Gill Richardson

Some very good reviews of this Astrantia - deep rich colouring, long lasting, free flowering. I've planted 'Roma' in various gardens and am happy to recommend it, though the colour, in the warm weather we have had these past few weeks, has washed out more quickly than I would have liked. This cultivar looks like…

History Girls

Madame d'Arblay Apologies for the poor quality of this image - I'm not up to speed with this new laptop and things I might have been able to do on the mac, well I am less well versed in the shortcuts and commands.... Fanny Burney as painted by her cousin Edward Francis Burney, National Portrait…

A family affair

Madame Isaac Pereire (top left), with Lady Emma Hamilton (top right) and Evelyn. I've touched upon this before - the history of women who gave their name to some of the finest classic old roses - for example Madam Isaac Pereire, Madam d'Arblay, Madame Pierre Oger, Madame Alfred Carriere. There are hundreds of roses with the…

Variations on a theme – blue & orange

Summer Song with Agapanthus Northern Star Orange and blue, again, though this time the star attraction is another David Austin rose, Summer Song. A rangy plant with arching growth and flowers of a strong burnt orange colour, reminiscent, they say, of a tropical sunset. Sigh.

Guacamole

Hosta Guacamole Of all the hostas that have flowered in recent weeks, this one stands out for being delightfully fragrant, with exceptionally large, lily-like, bright white flower spikes, tinged with lavender, opening over a long period and held high  - 3'/1m above the foliage on strong stems. The foliage has avocado coloured leaves (who would guess?) with…

A new direction for Delphiniums…

Towering spires of white, blue, lavender, purples and pinks, Delphiniums are a quintessential cottage garden plant. But the times, they are a-changing. I saw these at Hampton Court Flower Show and now they are finding their way into the garden centres. Rich salmon-reds in large fat spikes. This one is called Coral Sunset which is…