My own private oasis – lots of green, a little pink summery loveliness, bamboo, bananas, charity shop finds and lots that love the shade ….

This is a small private garden, no more than 24' wide and a little longer, well possible maybe twice as long, with a mature Horse Chestnut tree, from a neighbouring garden, that shades at least half of it. It was the reason we bought this house, such a beautiful sight in full flower and broke up…

Teddington Gardener Review of the Year – May 2014 – Kew Gardens, Composting, Auriculas, the first Roses, Wild Food Foraging, Chelsea Fringe and Chelsea Flower Show, Petersham Nurseries. Intimations of Summer.

Roses, amazingly early, appreciating the mild winter and warm, early Spring. Kew Gardens, Auriculas, Paeonies, Chelsea Fringe and a brief call in at the Chelsea Flower Show, more roses, much at Petersham Nurseries, Wild Food foraging with Claudio Bincoletto, the Joy of Composting... another glorious month!

Magical Mushrooms and other Autumn delights with Claudio Bincoletto

Claudio Bincoletto hosted another Wild Food Forage today at Petersham Nurseries and I peeped at the preparations in the glasshouse before the group returned from their walk this morning. Mushrooms galore - and I'm glad that Claudio knows his stuff as there were some curious looking fungi on display - plus fruits and berries of…

A Grand Day Out – 100th Wensleydale Agricultural Show, Leyburn, North Yorkshire. And a Poem/Paeon to the Yorkshire Pudding

A Grand Day Out - 100th Wensleydale Agricultural Show, 23rd August 2014 Leyburn, North Yorkshire A traditional agricultural show - rather a very excellent Agricultural Show with sheep, cows, horses (and carts) and poultry on show, sheep dog trials, baking to outshine any Bake-Off, knitting, painting and home crafts being expertly judged, tractors and steam…

All you ever wanted to know about rootstocks: Hounslow Wonder and other apples (reprise)

Another outing for this article, originally posted in August, but even more timely now... Locally, the RHS Taste of Autumn Show is on at Wisley from the 16th to 20th October - for more information, follow the link - http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Wisley/What-s-on/Taste-of-Autumn An apple a day... 'Tis the season, almost, of mellow fruitfulness and home-grown fruit has…

Boiling Lady Emma…

I'm making a start on my first ever batch of Rose Petal Jam and have beheaded Lady Emma Hamilton - many of her in fact - for the purpose.... The petals have been carefully picked over to remove any unwanted joyriders but no more. They had not been sprayed with chemicals, obviously this is important…