Daphne odora Aureomarginata, Edgeworthia chrysantha, Double Primulas, Hellebores, Crocus and Almond Blossom – A Day in the Life….

I am blessed with the scent of this beautiful plant - drifting across the nursery and Siren-like, it calls to me so that I can breathe in more of this delicious fragrance. Sweet, honeyed, hints of lily and jasmine, citrus, intense but not cloying. Fleeting too on the breeze, caught and then lost again. I…

Up the Apples and Pears – A Fruity Tour of RHS Wisley: Fruit Demonstration Garden, Fruit Collection and Fruit Fields

A tour earlier this week around the Fruit displays at RHS Wisley in Surrey - the Fruit Demonstration Garden and Fruit Collections showing a variety of trained forms especially of Apples and Pears, but also a whole range of stone fruit and soft fruit. I moved on into the extensive Fruit Fields. The Fruit Fields…

Spotlight on Harvington Rebekah and Walberton’s Rosemary – and nigh on 50 more Hellebores…

Hellebore Harvington Hybrid Rebekah at the Plant Centre, RHS Wisley, today. and another variety also looking rather superb today on my travels, Walberton's Rosemary But let's not rest on our laurels - there are rather more than two hellebores to tempt, delight and enrapture.... Here's a complete catalogue of the Hellebores on sale at RHS…

Winter pruning of Apples and Pears – a very fruitful day at Earth Trust in Oxfordshire

On my way this morning to Oxfordshire, just off the quiet M40 motorway at J7 and into the great quiet expanse of this beautiful county. Windmills, golden stone, thatched rooves. Pretty as a Picture. And a note for a stop-over next time I venture this way, or perhaps over to Waterperry Gardens which are not…

Hellebore Gold Collection – heralds of the Hellebore Season

Hellebores are heading your way - these are from the Hellebore Gold Collection, varieties of Hellebore niger (flowering early in the season) and hybrids, flowering now and into early Spring. Plenty of information, from the breeders and nurserymen, on these excellent garden plants in the Dutch website noted below - which should keep you occupied…

More hyacinths – one of my favourite scented flowers

I love the scent of hyacinths and have made a statement piece here using a long zinc wndowbox (without drainage holes) and packed it with Skyjacket hyacinth bulbs that I picked up at the Rochdale County Council nursery in Middleton, Manchester, at the beginning of December (a bargain 50p each, so I bought a whole…

Fragrant Hyacinths, a Cutting Garden rich in promise and Thug, the Petersham Cat

My day has been perfumed by these beautiful hyacinths - I have more at home, so the fragrance surrounds me even now. Heaven. Especially welcome given the chill, steady mizzling which I hope and believe will give way to something brighter, dryer, though colder, tomorrow. I bought more Hyacinth bulbs today, Gypsy Queen, in a…

Where to in 2015? A ‘Wish List’ of Gardens, Nurseries, Events and Shows to see in the coming year…

Parcevall Hall, a Yorkshire Gem explored in July 2013 and just passed by on our New Year's Eve walk, bringing a close to 2014... Having reviewed all of my garden visits this past year in month-by-month galleries, it is clear that I have a few miles to put in throughout 2015. It has been wonderful…

A Chill Yorkshire Odyssey to end the Year and some Art at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to begin 2015

A walk from Grimwith Reservoir towards Skyreholme, past the delightful (but closed) house and gardens at Parceval Hall and over the snowy moors. Parceval Hall is well worth the effort, an Arts and Craft star in a very unexpected setting. From my own back catalogue... https://teddingtongardener.com/2013/07/08/parcevall-hall-gardens-yorkshire-dales/ https://teddingtongardener.com/2013/07/08/the-clattering-of-rubies/ https://teddingtongardener.com/2013/07/07/a-yorkshire-tale/   This icy New Year's Eve walk…