A million tiny diamonds…

Geoff Hamilton looking rather marvellous annointed with morning dew - and in not too long, this will very likely be frost. A few photos including Gertrude Jekyll (the pink) and Winchester Cathedral (the white) - all roses from David Austin - and like Geoff, glistening with dew. Gertie we have come across before, a headily…

Late summer at Sissinghurst

Sissinghurst, now owned by the National Trust, the former home and exceptional gardens of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson From 'The Gardens of England and Ireland' by Patrick Taylor The garden at Sissinghurst, famous as it is, has become for many people more an idea, a myth, than reality. Yet to visit the garden (especially when it…

Jude & Gertie

Jude the Obscure, with hints of Gertrude Jekyll and Graham Thomas Gertrude Jekyll - a beautifully scented shrub rose and Fragrant English Climber Two glorious David Austin roses, in bloom now and probably (given the long summer, after a late start) in flower for many weeks to come. Few other plants can give so many…

The Shady Lady Gardener

The Lady Gardener - introduced  by David Austin this year - one of just four new roses to add to their collection I'm wondering still about this rose, the name and the rose itself. I haven't seen a mature plant out in a garden situation yet, so my observations are quite limited. Certainly it is…

Super Nova – Summer Song

English Rose, Summer Song, from David Austin Now here we have a rose with attitude! Quite unmistakeable among the catalogue of softer colours and quite distinct from the other 'orange' roses created by David Austin - Lady Emma Hamilton (of course), Pat Austin, Lady of Shalott. It is a rangy plant, even needing some support…

Dark Towers

Penstemon Dark Towers A change from the usual Penstemon, not so much on account of the flowers though they are delightful, but for the dark tints to the leaves and the branching habit of the stems. A wholly beautiful combination. Not as dark, perhaps, as the sticky toffee pudding I've just had, but just as…

White lace, emerald and gold

Anemone Honorine Jobert I'm borrowing an excellent and quite perfect description of the Old Rose, Madame Hardy, 'White lace and Emeralds'. For this excellent Japanese Anemone,  there has to be gold. White lace, emerald and gold. One extra photograph of this superlative plant in flower. Couldn't resist! My earlier post (9th September) gives a little…

Clematis alpina Blue Dancer….

Clematis alpina Blue Dancer, with these larger than average, very attractive blue flowers, giving us a second flush of flowers this week (the main show is in April/May). A foray into the back issue of The Telegraph now, for an article written by Val Bourne, which, whilst it does not mention Blue Dancer at all…