As promised – and be careful what you wish for in future – a grand gallery of roses captured yesterday in the riot of colour that is the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden at RHS Wisley in Surrey. The newer of two rose gardens, this features wide, broad and ascending (or descending) paths with generous steps, pools of oval lawns, lush perennial planting with shrubs (especially the Cornus), Sambucus, Cotinus, Willows and plenty of grasses – the Stipa gigantea will have a huge impact on the visuals in a couple of months.

Below, some other bits and bobs that caught my eye at Wisley and elsewhere as I made my way through the day.

Perennials and more perennials the order of the day today, with a generous delivery to Petersham Nurseries. 9 trolleys? 10? Tomorrow – ah well! Tomorrow brings a delivery from David Austin roses – 126 shrub roses, 42 regular climbers, 40 larger specimen climbers and 30 large specimen shrubs – and did I mention another batch of Standard Roses – including Claire Austin, Tranquility and Desdemona (the latter two, being brand new trials). Every day is a Rose Festival at the moment….

I’ll break off now as I’m contributing to a workshop tomorrow titled ‘Creating a Cottage Garden’ and of course I’m talking roses …..