Wakehurst Place – Kew Gardens in the Country

    Wakehurst Place, billed as "Kew Gardens in the Country"   ... my pictures, taken yesterday and a few words from these goodly folk... http://www.kew.org/visit-wakehurst http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wakehurst-place/ http://www.gardenvisit.com/garden/wakehurst_place_garden http://thegallopinggardener.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/gardens-for-all-seasons-wakehurst-place.html http://thegallopinggardener.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/wonderful-w-gardens-wakehurst-to-wisley.html    

After a little shopping, time for some concentrated planning…

A visit to a couple of nurseries today, including the Wyevale offers at Syon Park and Osterley and some lovely finds - with a promise to return for more, particularly at Syon Park where there is a large and varied seasonal discount section including shrubs, herbaceous and a myriad climbers. Quite happy too, brandishing my…

Nymans – Horticultural Pedigree

One of my favourite gardens here - Nymans, in Handcross, a few miles south of Gatwick and featuring gothic ruins, expansive views, woodland, formal gardens, a grove of Davidia involucrata (the Handkerchief Tree), a 100' pergola walkway smothered in Wisteria, the first Heather Garden in the UK, tropical planting, double herbaceous borders, superb salvias, a…

A little light scrumping in the apple orchards…. plus pumpkins and the very curious medlar

Holstein was a rich golden-green, with a lovely balance of acidity and sweet fruit and the trees were laden down. Barnack Orange too had this astringent freshness. Ingrid Marie awaits the taste test. In fact, the harvest appears to be rather splendid - the orchards go on for row upon row into the far distance…

A new bed of roses…

All ready for a new planting of roses - Iceberg all - later this autumn. The bed is a little shaded both by the aspect and the overhanging ornamental cherry tree and the client is a fan of the near-perpetually blooming floribunda. If it is good enough for the American Ambassador's residence in Regent's park…

The Palm House at Kew Gardens – venerable, verdant and packed full of Class A drugs… #intoxicatedbyKew

Some ideas for the conservatory at home then... maybe not anything from the new exhibition there now.... this plant? not mine, officer! A new event starts today - 20th September to 12th October - the Intoxication Season - http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/intoxication-season From everyday to Class A, mind-altering plants and fungi arrive at Kew this autumn. Explore the…

The fireworks continue at Kew Gardens – this bedding display ramps up the intensity

and a bit of a cheat here, since this next picture was taken at Wisley a day earlier - but it fits the theme, with a great sea of Heliotrope 'Dwarf Marine'. My website! but back to Kew and passing through the shop and out....

Bare naked ladies, cholera and the beautiful Colchicum, the Autumn crocus (and a Waterlily that is a lily, not a crocus, but not ‘that’ waterlily…)

Colchicum Waterlily growing in the woodland edge of the EA Bowles Garden at RHS Wisley earlier this week. Delicate they look, but are clearly tough enough to rough it out with the other woodland floor dwellers, like the Arum marmoratum in the foreground there. The leaves make a brief appearance in spring but are gone…

A beautiful, evolving landscape with naturalistic planting and great style – the Glasshouse Borders at RHS Wisley

Helenium The Bishop, with Eupatorium Purple Bush - one part of the matrix of planting, mixing perennials, grasses and some shrubbery, in the double border leading up from the Lake through to the Fruit Mount. Introduction from the RHS website https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/garden-highlights/the-glasshouse/Glasshouse-Borders Drift through foliage and flowers along the Glasshouse Borders as you enjoy glorious views…