Another day, another visit to Kew Gardens – and not one, two, three nor four – but five Glasshouses and #barkwatch continues – deep joy …

Into the Palm House first, on a rather dull morning (I missed both brilliantly bright days earlier this week, one at Petersham Nurseries, the other being a Good Boy and doing some housework, washing and much-needed shopping). But hey, it's still looking grand and my kitchen floor is shiny shiny clean. The Palm House was…

Plant tonics expertly explained and recommended – thank you ‘The Telegraph’ – with some home thoughts too …

Plant tonics expertly explained and recommended .... I'm very taken with this article on plant tonics that appeared in The Telegraph today - always the bastion of excellent gardening advice (regular readers to my blog will know this already and be converted as I am). Taken so much am I that here it is in…

Part 2 …. A little more from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – my first visit in 2016 – more Witch Hazels, decorative fruit and bark – and a horrid hawthorn

King William's Temple with Hamamelis x intermedia Back to Kew (well in fact the final selection of photos from my first visit in 2016, at the end of last week) and its Witch Hazels all the way ... Hamamelis x intermedia Vesna gets us going - and the more modest Hamamelis virginiana - Hamamelis x…

My first visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (well, my first this year) – Witch Hazels aplenty, Alpine beauties – Magnolias! – and more… Welcome to Part 1

Hamamelis x intermedia Vesna Happily, Kew Gardens are a short distance from Teddington HQ (too) and as long as there is a parking space close to the Victoria Gate entrance, there is no excuse for me not to stop off and take a look inside. Sometimes this is just a short stop, perhaps less than…

My first look at RHS Wisley (this year) – Colourful winter stems, Alpine and Glasshouse finery and more…

I'm fortunate that the vast array of garden landscapes at RHS Wisley in Surrey are a short drive from Teddington HQ and that I can be as frequent a visitor as I am, without ever, ever being bored - there is always something, whatever the season, to delight and inspire. This unseasonably mild weather (about…

A brief Gardeners’ Calendar – January & February

Welcome to the New Year and here are just a few suggestions to keep you horticulturally active, when the weather permits - this morning was rain rain rain but bright, low sunshine won out this afternoon. I called into the gardens at RHS Wisley (much too wet to work in my garden today) and inspiration there was…