A Cutting Garden with Tulips in abundance, Fritillaries both imperial & persica, the first Roses, Hawthorn, Camellias, still, cherry blossom, still, spicy Wisteria, chartreuse Euphorbia, a country churchyard and an old deer park – plus a cow or two … tales from Petersham Nurseries

A few images from a day at the Nurseries. I’ve been tweeting and instagramming over the past few days and posted a couple of videos too – they’ll be easy to find from the links on my blog – featuring amongst other things, this vibrant Cutting Garden.

They will give you an overview of this long flower-filled border, in the heart of the Nurseries and which is the floral heart of the business, providing cut flowers months on end for the restaurant, tea house and all of the events that go on throughout Spring, Summer and well into Autumn. It has exploded into colour and scent with a host of Spring bulbs coming through. Thanks to Rosie Bines, Flora Lawson and the keen team of volunteers!

The roses are leafing up beautifully too (Lady Banks’ Rose is a towering column particularly) and elsewhere, Louisa Stone has already given us half a dozen flowers. I’m hopeful that Rosa Seven Sisters (not shown yet) will be magnificent too. Watch this space.

With the Belted Galloway cattle back into Petersham Meadows for the summer ahead (National Trust land – the larger herd lives at Box Hill in Surrey), their annual migration signals to me that the gardening season has officially started.

Thanks for tuning in!

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