Garden Centre Geek – RHS Wisley Plant Centre

Lewisia cotyledon (above) Clematis alpina Frankie (above) Leucadendron Jack Harre Abutilon x suntense Flowering Maple Epimedium Orange Queen   I wanted to see see what was looking good at the plant centre at Wisley - I hadn't been there for several weeks and expected it to be filling up with new stock. I was not…

Cor blimey! luv-a-duck apples-and-pears…

The Wild Pear, Pyrus pyraster, blooming at Kew (above) Pyrus nivalis the Snow Pear, flowering in front of a group of Amelanchier (above) Amelanchier intermedia (above) Malus Laxton's Red (above and below) Malus Robert's Crab (above) Malus baccata Jackii (above) Malus halliana (above) Malus Laxton's Red (above) and the 'duck' in question... Crab-apples and wild…

Hanami – my very own Cherry Blossom Festival in Kew Gardens

A combination of recent warm weather, sunshine, light breezes and little rain combine to make the show of cherry blossom, just yesterday at Kew Gardens, beautiful. Crab-apples and wild pears, Amelanchier and the last of the magnolias were also in flower, but the cherries, by dint of the sheer exuberance of their display, won me…

Kew Green – waiting for the Wisteria to flower…

A brief stop on the north side of Kew Green, to a terrace of charming and characterful houses. I missed the Wisteria the last time if memory serves and I am a couple of weeks early this time around - it is just beginning to emerge with hints of blue against the brickwork. The double…

A quiet spot for lunch – and time to read up on all things Compost

Time to brush up on my composting knowledge - starting with The Garden Organic Book of Compost. I'm talking on all things Compost next month - and when I have my notes ready, I'll let you know! It's International Compost Awareness Week, the 5th -11th May after all...  

Damson Merryweather

OK, I have rotated the picture round from landscape to portrait, but I like the effect! Damson Merryweather blossom Merryweather is one of the most widely-planted and hardy damsons. The fruit is large by damson standards and Merryweather is in some ways more like a small plum. The fruit can be eaten fresh if left…

RHS Great London Plant Fair 2014 – a last look at this Springtime Miscellany

   and heading home.... with my bag of scented pelargoniums from Fibrex Nurseries - lemon, attar of roses, orange, pine and peppermint...

The RHS Great London Plant Fair 2014 – Gold Medal Fritillaries

Fritillaria persica, on the Jacques Armand International exhibit - with quite a collection of fritillaries on display F. paddeana against F. imperialis lutea (above) Fritillaris crassifolia Wisley (above) F. sewerzowii (above and below) A fine collection of Imperial fritillaries in orange and yellow Also on the Jacques Armand exhibit, other Spring flowering bulbs - and…

The RHS Great London Plant Fair 2014 – Tulips and Daffodils

Tulips on display from HW Hyde & Son, at the RHS Great London Plant Fair today at the Horticultural Halls. The event is open this evening and tomorrow and is as colourful and fragrant affair as one could wish. This tulip display won a coveted Gold Medal from the judges. And of course, when there…