Halloween? Christmas? Where has the year gone…?

Christmas spirit is seeping into the Nurseries and I have already been buying decorations and gifts. Autumn seems to be clinging on after a series of bright warm days, though it's chill at night and first thing and of course, the clocks went back on Sunday night so it is dark by 5.30pm, so I…

Newchurch Nerines at the RHS Autumn Show – quite the starry display – and everything else in the halls – and a tour of London, as a bonus…

Ken Hall has brought his Nerine sarniensis hybrid collection - or a very little part of it - to the RHS Halls in London for the Autumn show and this display is undoubtedly been the highlight of the show for me. The bar was not set very high, I should say - it was a…

Autumn Pruning …

I've an 'Introduction to Pruning' workshop to present tomorrow so I'm all about secateurs and shrubs; loppers, ladders and most importantly, looking; and climbers; roses, of course; a foray fruit trees - and trees generally; a touch of soft fruit if there is time. The dead, diseased and dying, and timing. Safety, very importantly. And…

Autumn floristry. Intensity dialled up …

My very talented colleagues Amanda Brame and Noriko Choy worked for two days to create the floral displays for a party this past week and I took rather a lot of photographs of their work and works. The pieces - table decorations and large centre-pieces - had to contain sunflowers, make a stunning autumnal display…

Autumn Magic – Dahlias

Dahlias have rather been enjoying these warm, wet weeks and have continued to perform extravagantly in the Cutting Garden at Petersham Nurseries. A rich soil and the care and attention of Rosie Bines and her team have obviously been key - plus they have been regularly harvested so that new blooms just keep coming. Here…

Kew in the Country – an early Autumn tour of Wakehurst Place

Quite the contrast from the sunshine and blue skies enjoyed just yesterday. Cool, cloudy, a little drizzle and everybody kitted out as if they were about to take on a winters' trek through the Lake District. Still, October it is and Autumn is beginning to tickle the trees in this vast and varied landscape and…

Back to the UK – a little tour of RHS Wisley. A real taste of Autumn

A free afternoon (washing done, a trip to Sainsbury's to follow) and a quick drive out to the RHS gardens at Wisley - blue skies and sunshine, alas not continuing into the weekend - but so much to see as I wandered past the lake to the Glasshouse Borders and South African Meadow, up through…

Les Jardins suspendus de Marqueyssac

A beautiful promontory, long and rocky, with far reaching views (the draw, really), with such amazing topiary in one area, close to the Chateaux, but the views are the thing. For every unanswered promise these gardens might have made, I wouldn't have missed them, but neither would I have missed them very much if I…

A little tour of Petersham Nurseries on a fine October day …

A little tour, through a macro lens, of the Nurseries where I work. A sun-warmed, blue-sky-afternoon, a kaleidoscope of colour and texture, fragrance too, and within the  glasshouses, a world of tropical stars, adapting to our northern climes, and desert denizens hoping for a regime of benign neglect. Sparkle and glamour in Glasshouse One (of…