Heading home… the Thames between Petersham and Ham

No, I haven't taken to canoeing home but I was cycling along the towpath towards Teddington this evening - and stopped to take these photographs, upriver and into the setting sun. Lovely.

Dark and brooding foliage, deep velvety flowers

Dark and brooding things here - Heuchera Binoche (bottom right, near matt purple-black leaves, blackcurrant liquorish), Ceanothus Blue Sapphire (top, eventually forming a mound just 2' tall, with bright blue flowers) and my favourite, Primula Kennedy Innisfree - fabulous dark, velvety red flowers displayed against bronze-purple foliage... I've used Heuchera Binoche in large container display…

The worst of all delicious weeds – Convallaria majalis

How to grow: Lily of the valley To Carol Klein, this plant is the very essence of May. Carol Klein The Telegraph 12:01AM BST 01 May 2004 Today, May Day, people all over France will be following Gallic tradition and giving deliciously fragrant posies of muguets des bois as love tokens. The scent of muguet,…