Winter Banana

An apple variety curiously called Winter Banana Hailing from Indiana, USA and introduced in the 1870s - an large sweet apple, with alleged banana flavour (that was distinctly missing from the example I scrumped!) A creamy yellow, pink flushed skin might contribute a little to its naming, perhaps - late ripening, a touch of frost…

Piet Oudolf & Tom Stuart-Smith at Wisley

We've been here before, the double borders created by Piet Oudolf at Wisley, combining perennials with grasses, wave after wave - and the equally dramatic planting around the lake, concentric arcs of repeated blocks, catching the low autumn sun. The Piet Oudolf Borders pre-date the Glasshouse and are relatively mature now, evolving along their considerable…

Prickly customers – Yucca and Cordyline

Cordyline australis, in my garden today, flowering extravagantly - again Yucca with dramatic flower spike - Twickenham, today The long tail of Autumn and the mild weather that has continued for these past few weeks has triggered a second flowering for the Cordylines in my garden - the one closest to the house is branching…