Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham and other Violas….

In a pot of lovely but quite ordinary and diminutive bedding violas, an interloper of more considerable character. A little detective work now to see if it is a named variety... Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham perhaps? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/3346277/Winter-pansies-and-violas-How-to-grow.html

I put a spell on you: Colourful cyclamen and a little foray into witchcraft

A relation to the popular houseplant, Cyclamen persica, these outdoor bedding cyclamen will add a splash of colour to seasonal containers for weeks to come. And in sheltered locations where frosts are absent - or rare at least as in many city gardens they are - will flower for months. Water carefully, deadhead regularly and…

Echeverias – perfect little rosettes for the winter house and summer garden

Echeverias Tough perfect rosettes for the summer garden and a holiday indoors for the autumn and winter....   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/5621823/How-to-grow-succulents.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningpicturegalleries/8899769/Sarah-Ravens-favourite-indoor-plants.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/plants/8899770/Houseplants-Enjoy-the-garden-indoors.html Houseplants: Enjoy the garden indoors Keep your green fingers busy with stylish, no-fuss houseplants that make indoors a horticultural retreat. By Sarah Raven    7:00AM GMT 24 Nov 2011 Recent rain and gales have left…

Margaret Merrill – an exceptionally fragrant rose from the Oil of Ulay beauty consultant

One of my most favourite roses, which I've just bought as a standard specimen, with large ruffled creamy white and intensely fragrant flowers - a floribunda of great style, poise and with superb health. And oh! did I mention the fragrance! The rose was chosen by Oil of Ulay/Oil of Olay and named for their…

Am I blue?

Asters and Hydrangeas, Salvia patens and Indigo Spires, and Caryopterix, Clematis viticella, Agapanthus, Viola, Penstemon, Verbena bonariensis, Dianella & Geranium Rozanne, Crocus and Heliotrope... the blues and violets of an Autumn garden. Mix them up with rich purples and pinks (I'm thinking Sedums here) and the golds and oranges of  Heleniums and Helianthus  - and…

Dahlias & Hydrangea – Autumn bouquets

If you're given a Murano glass vase worth close to a 'grand' it helps to have a whole cutting garden if you are to fill it well - here we have Dahlias and Hydrangeas (Phantom and at least one un-named mophead with an antique feel), Verbena bonariensis, rich red Leucothoe and fresh green ferns for…