Mellow Yellow – something to soothe after a 5am Alarm Call and my first visit to New Covent Garden Flower Market

Above - Helenium, Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm and Crocosmia George Davison. A busy day at Petersham Nurseries, after a 5am start to get to New Covent Garden Flower Market.... before closing the gates behind me this evening....

Strawberry fields forever – an update on my Twickenham garden project

Time to tidy up the planting in this garden yesterday, trimming the herbaceous planting (geraneums, nepeta, aconitum, alchemilla mollis) and shrubs (box topiary and Viburnum tinus standard, roses) and giving the lawn a spiral cut. The sun shone brightly too. The front garden, redesigned and planted earlier this year, has matured well though I neglected…

Sky News – a stunning Hibiscus

Hibiscus (detail) - these are in fact blooms at least 5" across (in old money), serene satellite discs with frosted icing, blushed pink and with beaujolais wine centres and a scaffolding of creamy white stigma and stamens. I don't  know the cultivar but am told it is hardy (root hardy maybe?). I might have the…

Wollerton Old Hall – an English climbing rose with a superb Aniseed fragrance

Wollerton Old Hall is a recent introduction from David Austin Roses, originally added to the shrub collection but quickly upgraded to the rather exclusive club of Fragrant English Climbers (there are just a couple of dozen) - fragrant (it's in the name), repeat flowering climbing roses, moderately vigorous and, being a recent addition to the…

Three from David Austin Roses – an English composer, Swedish Royalty and a Yorkshire Garden

Benjamin Britten (above) Here is a variety of unusual colouring for an English Rose - strong salmon-pink that changes with age to a particularly strong shade of pure pink. Deeply cupped flowers gradually develop into an open, slightly cupped rosette. Benjamin Britten is a useful rose to provide a highlight among the softer shades of…

Gawd Bless ‘er – Agapanthus ‘Queen Mum’

Agapanthus Queen Mum - broad, strappy leaves with tall stems topped with these large, bi-color globes (individual flowers are blue and white on the outside/pure white on the inside). From this angle, the blue is reserved for the sky.... Writing in the Telegraph, Bunny Guinness expands on the subject - How to get the best out…