All you need is a windowsill…

Crocus and polyanthus, brightening up my windowsills My favourite is the three-toned yellow-white-blue Crocus tricolor, which has come through again despite a regime of benign neglect. The pots were shuffled away last spring to the side of the house and left to their own devices - brought out when the first promise of green began…

Shades of Desire

Camellia japonica Desire – a semi-double camellia photographed today and a classy customer with a centre in warm shades of ivory and ice cream – while just a couple of days ago, she was more wholly shell-pink and decidedly frosty. The edges of the formally arranged petals are blushed pink, giving a beautiful bi-colour effect.…

Technicolor dreams…

Just your ordinary crocus, with more than a touch of drama Anemone coronaria - feathery foliage and neon bright flowers - the colours on this photograph have strayed a little from what we photographers like to call 'what they look like', the true pink being a shocking one, but I like the image. I suspect…

Flowers and fragrance at RHS Wisley

Flower and fragrance - there is no lack of interest in the woodland at Wisley These images from the Wild Wood, an area bounded by the Alpine Meadow, Rock Garden and Seven Acres, with forays up the hill for the Iris (and into the Alpine House). You can almost hear the fresh growth popping on…

Edgworthia chrysantha – my favourite

Edgworthia chrysantha The tightly-closed, felt-grey buds of this gorgeous shrub have opened to reveal their sunny side and clove-scented pompoms smother the bare stems. No need to add more as I have talked about this beauty many times before - just look it up in the search box in the side bar. If you do…

The Alpine House at RHS Wisley – a box of delights!

I love the Alpine House at RHS Wisley - a traditional glasshouse packed full of plants, their terracotta pots sunk into a raised sandy bench. Just the right height for a close look at these intricate and beautifully bright jewels. The Davies Alpine House at Kew - the clam shell - has cutting edge architecture…

Orchids at Kew – just a little repeat….

So good, he posted it twice... a re-run of some of the photographs I took at the Orchid exhibition at Kew just after it opened last week. Such a sumptuous display - for all of the senses - if you can make plans to visit, don't miss out. Closes 9th March 2014

Henry Moore at RHS Wisley

The King and Queen on a rare visit to the RHS gardens at Wisley The white Henry Moore Arch at the top of Battleston Hill has disappeared, to be replaced by some seated royalty at the top of the Lily Pond. I saw these beautiful figures last at Hatfield House. There was much, much more…

Winter Sunshine

Hellebore Winter Sunshine Another stocky, sturdy and very floriferous Hellebore, with a creamy white congestion of flowers, piled one on top and in front of each other - maturing to a deeper greeny-chocolately-red. http://www.thegardencentregroup.co.uk/item/Herbaceous-Perennials/Winter-Sunshine-PBR/LIO Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Winter Sunshine' is a fabulous variety of this choice hybrid, with clusters of purple buds on dark purple…