A River runs through it… a momentary break from the roses at Mottisfont

The River Test runs over chalk through the grounds of the ancient Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire. Crystal clear waters, live with fish and overhung with willow... stop for a minute and enjoy the birdsong. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont/

From the top of the Pagoda, Kew Gardens: On a clear day you can see…..? But not as far as Yorkshire, or Kirstenboch

But first, a little history - the Pagoda dates back to 1762, built as a surprise for Princess Augusta, mother of George III... 253 steps, ten flights of shallow steps with a wide landing at each level with views across Kew Gardens and as you gain height, London beyond on a clear day, you can…

June, in an English garden bordering Richmond Park

and my summer containers, barely a month planted up - some large terracotta pots and about 8 smaller, though still sizeable, Chelsea planters in complimentary colours. and a shallow bowl of house leeks, Sempervivens, in flower...

Summer Song to Tess of the D’Urbervilles via A Shropshire Lad and James Galway – Roses for Sunday

The burnt orange of Summer Song against the warm golds of Crown Princess Margareta.   'Tis June and the roses are heading towards their absolute Peak. Of course, the English Roses from David Austin will flower again, several times indeed and very welcome they will be too. But just now, with the summer-flowering roses -…

Heading into the second Walled Rose garden at Mottisfont Abbey….

Crepuscule Crepuscule was raised by M Dubreuil in France in 1904. He has previously (1884) raised that little charmer Perle d'Or which bids fair to outlast most roses, like Gloire de Dijon. Nobody is raising these exquisite Noisettes these days. Crepuscule is of lax, semi-climbing growth and has been recommended for hedging, but I think…

The Mottisfont Pictorial Rose Catalogue continues with another update…

Spong One of the most famous sports of Rosa x centifolia, originating in 1805, probably in England. It will reach 4ft (1.2m), bears typically rounded leaves of its parent and neat flowers about twice the size of De Meaux (also a sport of Rosa x centifolia), with the same good fragrance. Its failing is that…