New Girls on the Block… fresh from David Austin

You might have gathered that it is pretty much Roses All the Way this week and I'll be showcasing the three new roses from David Austin at Petersham Nurseries this coming Friday, when I'll be talking about Old-fashioned and English Roses as part of a full weekend of events celebrating their 10th Birthday Celebrations. I…

Eschscholzia californica – vivid flowers with a nuclear connection…

I was asked recently where the name for this colourful and superbly-silky-soapy-flower came from and had to look it up. I had assumed the tag 'californica' at least gave a clue as to its heritage and it is in fact native to America and Mexico and is the State Flower of California. The display, above,…