A timely guide to spring-flowering bulbs – choices, tips, techniques and planting ideas for a display from January to May

  More thieving from my back catalogue of articles, this one doubly so since it originally featured in September a few years ago, featuring images taken from 2014 onwards - and repeated again in April of this year. But spring-flowering bulbs are available now so this time of year is probably the most useful as bulbs can be…

Teddington Gardener abroad – Eyrignac et ses Jardins in the Dordodgne …

  A cheat, since I haven't left my post code even recently, but I've definitely enjoyed looking back at some of the gardens visited in the autumn of 2017 across the Perigord and Dordogne - and this was the highlight, the gardens at Eryignac. The sun was shining and since the topiary and design were…

A few days …. all manner of early autumn – should I say late summer despite the current chill Bank Holiday weekend ahead? – herbaceous-ness, roses, dahlias, sunflower, more herbaceous perennials, heuchera and Solenostemon (finishing up with Crinkly Bottom….). 2015 here we come …

  Once more wandering through the archives of garden-visiting, photography and plant inspecting - at RHS Wisley right at the beginning of September in 2015 (four days hence and five years back). These gardens are not entirely the same now, in design, layout and content (what garden is?) but suspect that many of the plants…

Hydrangeas and nothing but Hydrangeas ….

What a lot of Hydrangeas - from a variety of destinations including RHS Wisley and the Savill Garden near Windsor. Probably a few from Golden Hill Nurseries down on the south coast who are specialists in this beautiful plant - definitely worth seeking out their expert knowledge at any future plant fair or flower show.…

Early Hydrangeas at RHS Wisley – a tour through the meandering paths on Battleston Hill

We are definitely coming into Hydrangea season and I'll go back through my own back catalogue for the best collection of stories and images on this diverse group. I'll start with a tour from RHS Wisley in August 2015 - and see what else I can find to add to the mix.   If you…

The Glasshouse Borders at RHS Wisley – masterly and painterly, then – and now.

August 2015 this was, though these border will have evolved rather than been altered wholesale. The fruit mount I think is improved with alternating swirls of lavender and rosemary where earlier plantings have never been entirely successful. But a delight to spend some time wandering through these borders, down the wide grass sward to the…

What’s five years between friends? A tour de force – a tour around RHS Wisley – first up, the Herbaceous Borders

Another trip down memory lane - five years indeed to 1st August 2015 - and while there have been some significant changes at these RHS gardens - an entire new retail village and more coming besides - that particular first day of August really did look scrumptious. Enjoy.  The double herbaceous borders at RHS Wisley…

Kew Gardens – a look back in anticipation of looking forward to a visit soon …

  A look back to a visit in early August 2018 when the Pagoda was reopening after a refurbishment and the installation of the dragons. If you want a look inside the pagoda, or a look at the landscape from its heights, you can use tags or search functions. The gardens are open again after…

It’s all going Vincent van Gogh – Sunflowers on trial at RHS Wisley

More from the Trial Fields at RHS Wisley, time-travelling back five years but a sight that still sticks in the memory. Such variety in height, flower size, colour, texture and bringing out the child in every one of us who ever grew them and watched them tower above us with delight. So, 2015 it is…