Hip, Hip, Hooray (again…) More from the Rose Garden at Kew

Flowers there are in the Rose Garden at Kew- and a real treat they were too - but this is what I was expecting - a grand show of Rose Hips. Well, actually that is not strictly true, I wasn't anticipating this brilliant extravaganza from the modern pink shrub rose, Bonica (above and below). It…

If you were expecting more Autumnal fireworks, wait in line – in Kew Gardens, the roses continue to shine….

The Rose Garden at Kew today - I was expecting a delicious crop of hips amongst otherwise bedraggled roses, in the garden behind the Palm House at Kew Gardens this afternoon. I called in more to capture some of the arboreal autumnal fireworks from the likes of the Sweet Gum, Liquidamber styraciflua, the gorgeous Cotinus…

Madeira? Not this time…

Bougainvillea in rich orange and the more usual purple but not in Madeira - these colourful climbers are much, much closer to home - I've saved the air fare and didn't have to book a Boutique Hotel this time - but I still get to enjoy a taste of the fantastic flora I saw bedecking…

Cool customers – Cyclamen for a Cool Yule

Cyclamen persicum, a cool customer for a cooler spot in your home this winter. Clean whites, blush pinks, deeper carmines, burgundy and wine... and the occasional flash like these ones, which I rather like. LINKS The Cyclamen Society - http://www.cyclamen.org/faq_set.html Sarah Raven gives some advice - http://www.sarahraven.com/articles/indoor_cyclamen.htm The Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningadvice/7250834/Cyclamen-to-brighten-up-your-home.html and a first, from…

Teddington Gardener goes International – Madeira Explored (Part 4. Jardim Botanico/Botanic Gardens)

The Botanic Gardens in Funchal, Madeira, are, and this is not a surprise, steeply terraced gardens with a mix of native and international flora, displayed in tropical, desert, formal, forest, succulent, medicinal and herbal.... different zones with winding paths leading up and down the hillside. There is a sad and unnecessary aviary here too with…

The Savill Garden in November (well Autumn last year but I must return there soon…!)

I'm reprising these photos, taken almost exactly a year ago, in The Savill Garden, part of Windsor Great Park, cosseted by Virginia Water. I must return there soon, before the strengthening winds strip the trees bare. I hope these pictures might convince you to put on your wellies and get out there too - or…

Teddington Gardener goes International… Madeira Explored (Part 3. Monte Palace Tropical Gardens)

Situated in the town of Monte, high up to the north of Funchal and accessed by the Cable Car (and the excellent bus services that criss-cross the capital and environs), this is a rescue project with ambition. Monte Palace was once a prestigious hotel that fell out of favour, and then out of time, until…

Teddington Gardener goes International… Madeira Explored (Part 2. The Palheiro Gardens)

The gardens of Quinta da Palheiro are famous not only for the variety of plants that grow there but also for the beauty of their setting in the hills to the east of Funchal, the capital of Madeira. Madeira has long been called the Garden Isle and it seems that almost anything will grow in…

Teddington Gardener Goes International… Madeira explored (Part 1. Quinta da Casa Branca)

A base for a couple of weeks horticultural adventuring - and a little relaxation - on the island of Madeira, a volcanic outcrop in the midst of the Atlantic with a bewildering variety of exciting plant life to explore. Our hotel, Quinta da Casa Branca, despite the greenery and seclusion evident from these photographs, is…