Pink and Orange. Together? Oh yes!

Penstemon Pink Riding Hood and fragrant English Rose, Boscobel, from the David Austin stable. In fact, Boscobel has many guises and can be a deeper pink or stronger orange, depending on weather conditions and a mature shrub will have all shades represented, adding to the overall appeal. Fruity fragrance too. Pink and Orange can work.…

Just Agapanthus Queen Mum

One of my favourite Agapanthus this, Queen Mum (not even Queen Mother or HRH Queen Mother), a tall statuesque thing of beauty, with lilac-violet-blue blushes to the pure white trumpets, forming large globes held aloft at least 1m/1.2m above the strappy green leaves. No shrinking violet, this. Agapanthus praecox ssp. orientalis Queen Mum ['PMN06'] (Queen…

Is it deadheading – or wabi-sabi in action at Petersham Nurseries?

Deadheading the roses this afternoon - a necessary but enjoyable part of rose care and maintenance - and once again, a box of delights remains. Yesterday, three boxes of petals were given out for jam-making adventures. Today, slimmer pickings, one young girl took the whole tray with the expectation to taking them home to Edinburgh.…