Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome! Here life is beautiful. Even the orchids are beautiful…. The view from Kew.

Such a cold wet blustery day - outside - but inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew this afternoon, life is indeed Beautiful. Especially the orchestra Orchids! The annual orchid festival - Alluring Orchids - started last weekend and goes on until March. It is a riot of colour. Some of these huge displays…

Rose Pruning Masterclass – with a little help from my friends….

Two pieces here, very wordy (though by no means not all my words) first from the RHS Magazine, followed by a wander through their Pruning and Training Book. Quite a lot that you might need to know about pruning summer-flowering and repeat-flowering Old Roses, what I still call Hybrid Teas and Floribunda roses, Climbers and…