Penshurst Place, Kent – a garden I really wished to have found 20 years earlier. Now a firm favourite. A look back to 2017.

A look back to my first visit to this remarkable series of gardens within the walled confines of Penshurst Place, near Tonbridge in Kent. A garden I really wished to have been exploring for the past 20 odd years as I found it quite remarkable. I can see in my original post that I didn't…

Going on holiday?! Remember when we did such things? Oranges and Lemons – a Mallorquines Odyssey

A holiday - what an extraordinary thought in these perilous times - but an opportunity now to relive a May break in Mallorca in 2018. Not for the horticulture you understand but just for the sheer escapism. Thank you for your indulgance. A week away under a Mallorcan sun - on the north-west coast of…

A few scribblings on creating a White Garden

  Creating a White Garden Straight out of the block, I'm talking about green. And grey, silver, and variegation. We'll get to white but a few thoughts first. ‘Green is the backdrop to the garden but in its range of shades and textures, green has much more to offer as any foreground interest. Grey dims,…

Dale Chihuly – Glass at Kew Gardens – May 2019

                            A look back to last year when the gardens and glasshouses were once again a home to the glass works by Dale Chihuly. Gone now of course even if the gardens were open, so please don't visit, when we can, expecting…

Woottens of Wenhaston, thank you…. Funiculì, Funiculà, Auriculì…. Auricula!

More time travel, to 2014, though we definitely in Auricula season now methinks. These gorgeous examples were provided by Woottens of Wenhaston - also a nursery on my bucket list.   Florist's Flowers I'm rather in love with the double auriculas which feature in the earlier part of this gallery - I didn't think they…

Kew Gardens – Early One Morning

Rolling back the years, almost exactly four years ago in 2016, to an early morning wander through Kew Gardens. As I was working that Sunday I really must have put on some speed to cover so much from the early 8am opening, heading out by 9.30am to head back down the river to Richmond and…

A return to the gardens of RHS Wisley – a riot of colour and scent (well it will be and most definitely was last year)

Closed still of course, so a look back to a tour I did this time last year. These photos bring it right back into focus, and I can so clearly remember the paths and turns taken. Fresh greens, bright flowers and scent. Enjoy.   Hawthorn, Bluebells, Azaleas and Rhododendrons, flowering Viburnums, a craft fair, tree-trunk…