Swan-necked, knobby, two-toned, ribbed and finned, smooth, round, flecked – a gourd-fest for it’s nearly Halloween

Just a little seasonal fun for the day before Halloween - an amazing and slightly disturbing (in one or two cases at least) collection of ornamental gourds. These will last for months upon months & decorate the house now right through until summer next year, perhaps longer. Happy Halloween! For those with more traditional tastes,…

Scampston Walled Garden – Autumn finery; beautiful texture; strong architectural bones; wild, detailed and transparent planting – impressions from this Yorkshire Garden

Friends have just visited this Walled Garden at Scampston and I was reminded of my visit several years ago - in fact six years ago to this very day - and yet I've not presented these images in these pages beforehand. Shame and Fie! So for your delight and delectation, these autumnal images and a…

Rose Care, Maintenance and Pruning

Thank you to everyone that came to the workshop yesterday at Petersham Nurseries, where we looked rose care, planting, general maintenance and crucially pruning and I hope our time together and the notes I left with you will be useful. I enjoyed the brief tour through the Cutting Garden and Kitchen Garden though not everybody…

A round up of the week so far – mist over the Thames, oak-leaved Hydrangeas, Chillis, Lilies, Vines viniferous and Cup-and-Saucered, Dahlias of course ….

A few days at Petersham Nurseries this week and with it, a cycle ride across Teddington Lock in the morning sunshine, ahead of days enjoying a rather fine Indian Summer as Autumn slides into technicolor view - with mist rising from the River Thames and adding a little mystery to Ham Fields While the cycle…

Great Comp Garden Autumn Extravaganza

Great Comp Garden Autumn Extravaganza A trip out to Kent today, to these RHS Partner Gardens near Sevenoaks. Their Autumn Extravaganza hosted a collection of plant nurseries and other artisan purveyors, on their immaculate lawns and in a Marquee right outside their back door. Well, that was the reason to visit today though these gardens…

Frieze Art Fair, Regent’s Park and Petersham Nurseries in Residence

A trip up to town today to visit the Frieze Art Fair - being held in a series of vast marquees (more than tents, these are buildings!) within Regent's Park - and to see the floral installations created by the very talented team at Petersham Nurseries (and have lunch, let's not forget a very excellent…

Two Glasshouses at RHS Wisley – one large & tropical; one small, for all things alpine

The Glasshouse at RHS Wisley I think in blogging circles, this day of the week is known as Wordless Wednesday. Well, so much for that! By way of the briefest explanations, the galleries, above and below, are filled with images from my visit last week to RHS Wisley - but since the weather then and…

A return to RHS Wisley – as October arrives with blue skies and the warm gold of an Indian Summer

Roses, to come, but first a gallery of late-flowering perennials, shrubs and trees bringing a rich diversity and vibrancy to these gardens as October sidles into view. The Gardens at RHS Wisley - the Royal Horticultural Society's flagship garden - never disappoint and even with frequent visits, there is always something new to delight, excite…