Of cabbages and kings

Ornamental cabbages and kales - decorative leafy additions that are especially useful for winter containers. The RHS has the following advice on the care of winter planted containers and the choice of plants available. I don't see the coloured stems of various dogwoods (Cornus selections) here but think they would make excellent companions to these…

Carrier bags of doom….

Grape vine, leaf A rather beautiful vine leaf (I do not know the variety), burnished in autumn colours, came as a gift lifted out of a 'carrier bag of doom' presented to me earlier this week - the bag also contained a very mouldy, stunted bunch of home-grown grapes and a plea for a diagnosis…

In the pink – The Albrighton Rambler

The Albrighton Rambler - a repeat flowering rambling rose introduced this year by David Austin. This was always going to be my favourite of this year's clutch of new roses from rose breeder, David Austin - a rarity amongst rambling roses, one that flowers several times (repeatedly) in the season (and not just once, a…