My neighbour Penny’s Penny Lane Rose

My lovely neighbour Penny has a lovely rose in her front garden - of course it would Penny Lane - and here she is (the rose that is..). Later in the year, she will have honey and apricot tones but at the moment, it is a lovely soft pink. Large blooms, carried singly and in…

Wild Food Foraging with Claudio Bincoletto – a whole new world of incredible edibles – especially the bee pollen…

Claudio Bincoletto, chef, horticulturist and raconteur.. What Claudio brought with him from his own foraging trip... Omelette with hop shoots, garden nettle, calendula petals, campion.. and delicious! Satisfied customers...! We took a turn around the House Gardens to see what was edible there.. Rose petals for so many applications - candied, syrups, jams, ices, for…

A Day at Petersham – beautiful foxgloves and roses, alliums and Queen Anne’s Lace – and a gurning horse?

Digitalis (Foxgloves) providing some excitement in these displays - as it does in the garden - with more spires and spikes provided by Salvia Caradonna and, just coming into flower, Aconitum napellus in white. Ceanothus (Californian Lilac) adds more blue to the mix, with bright orange bringing the scheme to life - this is Geum…

The best of the rest at Kew – a miscellany from my latest visit: the Rock Garden, Woodland and Water Lily House

Geraneum phaeum (above) - small, dark, richly colouted flower heads held in a haze above chevron'd foliage. Ideal for shady spots. Scilla peruviana (above) - last seen in the Alpine House at RHS Wisley - here it is in amongst the peonies at Kew The Japanese Pagoda Tree (below), well supported - Wild Garlic (above…

David Austin Roses – the who, what, why and when…

Now that the rose season is almost upon us, I'm refreshing my memory after long rose-less months, of what is to come! These notes are culled from a series of presentations the year before last, covering all things 'David Austin Roses'. If I find the pictures which accompanied the talks, I'll attempt to add them…

A London City Break – Greenery in the City/Neal’s Yard, Ed’s Diner, Miss Saigon, The Groucho Club, The Mighty Boosh, National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square and a Blue Cockerel……

A London City Break  - and I can only think of including a photograph of Neal's Yard as a way of justifying any mention in these horticulturally-led pages - for an oasis it was, where greenery and vegetation is otherwise very scarce. True, London has some excellent Parks - Hyde Park, Regents Park, St James'…

Allium rosenbachianum in the Davies Alpine House at Kew Gardens (something a little sparkly – little else was….)

Not strictly an alpine bulb - it is quite garden worthy - but one of the earliest Alliums to flower and a favourite of Vita Sackville West. Here it was sitting in the Davies Alpine House at Kew. Dare I say it, this was probably the most exciting thing there, large or small; I'm usually…

Lady Waterlow, Maigold, Hansa, Dunwich Rose – an early start to the rose season at Kew

Lady Waterlow - proving to be an early-flowering variety here too (as it is at Petersham Nurseries) at Kew Gardens and with the distinctive loose form, pale colouring, streaked with darker stains. Just beautiful. Here it is climbing up the brick pillars supporting the long, gently curving wooden pergola in the Family Beds garden at…

A new ‘old’ way with Wisteria and a very old Wisteria indeed – more from Kew Gardens

Wisteria floribunda Alba - near to the Duke's Garden within the larger Kew Gardens. We all know that Wisteria can clothe the front of a house with exceptional grace and beauty - and great vigour - elsewhere filling pergolas and arbours with colour and scent (and that reminds me that I am probably too late…