Preview Evening – RHS Hampton Court Flower Show – a rather substantial gallery (no apologies…)

Some rather lovely Show Gardens, an immense Floral Marquee and more than a few, very beautiful roses with their very own Festival. A warm and balmy evening, plenty of people but no crowding at all - this you can see in these photos. All this and fireworks.... amazing! The show has its full day on…

A Petersham Nurseries Gallery – a feast of roses & perennials and a closer look at the Cutting Garden

I arrived at Petersham Nurseries 45 minutes earlier than necessary with a view to taking a few pictures - and I am a speedy photographer - so here is a little gallery of plants that are both conveniently for sale or at home in the Cutting Garden (a practical resource for so much of the…

Petersham Nurseries at the recent Grow London Garden Fair – a little video

Take a 6m by 6m space, add a rustic chestnut pergola, a wildflower meadow, fragrant roses, annuals, perennials and grasses, herbs, climbers ramblers and vines, tree ferns and a little bedding in there too - the whole contents of a cutting garden with plants for sun and shade but everything speaking of June; an Indian…

Roses, roses, roses and a long, long (rose-clothed) Pergola at Kew Gardens… galleries here and some moving pictures!

This long pergola with brick pillars and timber beams is clothed with some beautifully trained rambling and climbing roses. Beautiful monsters like Rosa filipes Kiftsgate ought to swamp the entire structure and much else besides but with the love and careful treatment these specimens are given, a multitude of flowers hug the cross beams and…

The Water Lily House at Kew Gardens – a treasure house

The Water Lily House at Kew Gardens was hot, humid and full of treasure yesterday - a mix of the most delicately coloured water lilies - Nymphaea - and also some with the brightest and richest jewel colours. Bold leaves and bold variegation too - set against black, still water reflecting the Victorian architecture of…

Petersham Nurseries at the Grow London Garden Fair – over now but definitely not to be forgotten….

A full planting of annuals, biennials, meadow grasses and wild flowers, bulbs, perennials, roses, climbers and ramblers, herbs and traditional bedding plants - a delicious tumble of colours and fragrances. Petersham Nurseries in miniature, with Indian carts and terracotta, rustic chestnut pergola, hoggin floor, kokedama and edible flowers. A magical garden created for the Grow…

Petersham Nurseries at Grow London Garden Fair – creating a wild and beautifully poised, intensely detailed, naturally exuberant garden – quintessentially, eccentrically Petersham and just about tamed for this eclectic modern garden show…

Thomas Broom, Rosie Bines and Amanda Brame of Petersham Nurseries, who have created this wild Eden, a distillation of Petersham Nurseries for the Grow London Garden Fair on Hampstead Heath, open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. .... as the marquee empties and lights are switched off, the garden waits for the first visitors tomorrow. I'm…

Mayfield Lavender Farm

Another visit to Mayfield Lavender near Banstead in Surrey - in fact I stayed so long taking pictures and sitting in among the rows of lavender that the nursery I actually went to visit closed for the day by the time I got there... tomorrow then. I bought some lemon and lavender marmalade, peach and…

A return to Mottisfont Abbey; an Old Rose Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage to these gardens, for which, so far as the roses are concerned, we have Graham Stuart Thomas to thank principally and for the last 40+ years, the National Trust for preserving and enhancing his original collection of Old Roses. Mottisfont holds the National Collection of Shrub Roses. I met Jonny Bass, the head…