A refresher first – and later this week, a return to the remarkable rose gardens at David Austin, Albrighton

2 acres of paradise? david austin roses at their albrighton nursery & gardens – the best display in years methinks! This comment and these photos were from June last year - one of the hottest days of the year but following a decidedly cool Spring. I'm preparing to head back there this Thursday to see…

Looking back – An amazing A -Z of Japanese Acers at RHS Chelsea

Another gallery from the greatest flower show on earth, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 - though these beauties are pretty leafy customers (name tag/photo/name tag/photo  and so on...) All of these were displayed by Norfield Nurseries on their superb exhibit and a great grand woodland show it was. Green, red and gold, fine cut…

Lilies, Peruvian (that’ll be Alstroemerias) and otherwise – and enough Gladioli to tickle Dame Edna – a riot of colour as we look back at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Lilies in the Great Marquee at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show - a grand stand exhibit put together by Cheshire Nursery, Harts in Congleton. A display of cut flowers in perfect condition (the chill week no doubt helped keep them at their peak). http://www.hartsnursery.co.uk/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3338336/Gilded-lilies.html http://www.hwhyde.co.uk/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/11730860/The-trouble-with-lilies-fabulous-but-fickle.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXeTaB5M868 Gladioli, below, are making a comeback…

Lavender blue, dilly dilly – and white, pink, green, mauve, violet (more from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show & Downderry Nursery)

Downderry Nursery in Kent are magicians when it comes to Lavender - with a collection of over 400 varieties and a breeding program bringing new cultivars to market.  Their Gold medal exhibit at Chelsea was a huge wheel of colour and fragrance - and in my haste to capture as many individual varieties in detail,…

Going up in the world with Clematis (more pretty things from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show)

Plenty of glorious clematis on display last month, particularly on the Thorncroft Clematis exhibit. Really makes me want to grow more at home! I spoke to a very helpful past Secretary of the British Clematis Society - http://www.britishclematis.org.uk/ - and if my love affair with roses ever falters then I'm certain to hot foot it…

Somewhere over the rainbow – Irises on show at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The first in a short sequence of photographic posts featuring particular plants displayed at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Bearded Irises, these. Wow, but these are beautiful! So glad I finally got around to sorting through them. Rather miffed I missed the show at Wootens of Wenhaston in Suffolk - 2 acres of irises…

A little time travel I think – cast your mind back to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Well, I have been busy! And quite frankly (and wonderfully) there was a lot of coverage of the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the time and my few offerings were really going to be swallowed up whole and lost in the great smorgasbord of television coverage (as ever, thank you BBC2), newspaper and magazine…

While I’m putting the finishing touches to my Ark, a few roses to delight and some thoughts on fragrance …

Après nous, le deluge - part political statement, given the referendum today (and a potentially very glum statement too) and a reference to the storms, heavenly waterfalls and flashing light-shows last night. To calm my shattered nerves, a gallery of roses, photographs taken yesterday at Petersham Nurseries, in a rare few hours of 'dry' (look…