Generous Gertie…

Rose, Gertrude Jekyll There are few better ways to decorate a home than with flowers -  a single stem of your favourite flower in a jam jar, can be just the thing. Then again, how about an armful of the most scented roses? A wide, deep vase full of leaf, bud and flower with an…

Naked Ladies….

Colchicum Glory of Heemstede - the autumn crocus and the pure white variety... Colchicum speciosum 'Album' Naked ladies eh? That should increase the visitor numbers to this blog, though how disappointing to be confronted with the Autumn Crocus! Naked, because the flowers appear before the leaves. X-rated this is not. There are crocuses which flower…

Blue Lagoons

Pansy Beacon Blue Such intense colours, on a plant that could go on flowering right through until next spring - unfazed by much that a typical winter can throw at it. Deadhead regularly keep in a sunny spot (but remember they don't like too much heat) trim back if the plant gets too leggy watch…

A classic – Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’

I'm going straight to Carol Klein here, writing in The Telegraph on 28th September 2002. This beautiful plant was a classic then, and for 150 years before that, and so it remains. How to grow: Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' Carol Klein on the unexpected joy of these classy white flowers that shine in the shade Anemone…

A garden for all seasons

The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire An extraordinary garden containing probably the finest Winter Garden in the UK and not looking too shabby late summer either. Few gardens offer as rich pickings as these, growing over 11,000 different types of plant, in over 40,000 plants and holding 13 National Plant Collections, set in a complementary…

Hey Jude!

Jude the Obscure One of David Austin's finest I think, Jude the Obscure has a beautiful form, subtle colouring and a zesty scent of citrus and exotic fruits (in the style of Lady Emma Hamilton - have I mentioned that she's my favourite? Referencing Bruce Forsyth!) The flash of pink is from Gertrude Jekyll, no…

Heaven is a rose nursery…

A selection of roses from the Pococks Rose Nursery in Hampshire I drove down to Pococks Rose Nursery near Romsey in Hampshire earlier this week and spent a very happy hour (and two) immersed in their collection of beautiful and extraordinarily perfumed roses, some of which are included in this gallery. The Hybrid Teas and…

Sometimes you have to wonder…

Passion Flower, Passiflora caerulea What a remarkable piece of floral construction - I've remarked on this before when I photographed the smaller yellow cousin, Passiflora citrina - though this one is absolutely not a manageable houseplant. A twining climber, it has vigorous if a little straggly growth, benefitting from being grown up or through something…