Waterperry Gardens – Canal, Nursery Stockbeds, The Long Walk and Mary Rose Gardens

Waterperry Gardens, near Oxford – first up, a glorious 60m herbaceous border…

Waterperry Gardens has been on my radar for a long time now, but this is my first visit - a perfect break in the drive home from Stoneleigh Park near Coventry and a few hours at the Horticultural Trades Association Plant Show  (the best of the plant nurseries from throughout the UK showcasing their wares…

Heritage Rose Foundation Conference, Winchester and Mottisfont Abbey – meeting the Great and the Good of the Rose World

In the footsteps of a Master: Graham Stuart Thomas I've had the privilege of attending the Heritage Rose Foundation Conference in Winchester today, mixing with the great and the good of the Rose World, with folk from America, New Zealand, India and closer to home - Trevor White of the eponymous rose nursery for example.…

Lady Emma Hamilton Jam…

  Now I have to say first that Lady Emma Hamilton is my favourite rose, certainly my favourite from the David Austin stable and probably my favourite, full stop. Regular readers of these pages will know that Orange is a favourite colour, and Lady Emma has this in spades - a glorious bright orange richly…

Only the crumbliest, flakiest chocolate, tastes like chocolate never tasted before…

Creamy, gauzy, hazy combinations of pale foxgloves, astilbe and roses with hydrangea Annabelle - and Ammi majus with muted dahlias and corn marigolds - I'm channeling the spirit of the iconic TV adverts Flake today... go on, you can hum it....! The blue of nepeta below, a misty blue, with the same mellow feeling.

Fuchsia Dollar Princess, for the perfect big and bold, shade-tolerant hanging basket

I chose this Fuchsia, Dollar Princess, for a hanging basket by my front door - it clashes beautifully with the Victorian red-brick and the flowers have an almost ultraviolet glamour, set off well by the deep green leaves, although the flowers almost completely smother the plant already. Sometimes more is more. There is shade from…

Roses, of course, and other floral delights for Thursday

The rich red of Tess of the D'Urbervilles, against a tapestry of blackberry and plum tones from the Penstemons,  dark leaves of one hydrangea and the  cranberry flowers of Pink Annabelle. These might not all be bedfellows in your border, but the colour associations can still be made. Tess is one of David Austin's Fragrant…