Sedum Herbstfreude

I'm getting out of season again, though I am looking at late summer colour for another project and remembered this combination of grasses with sedums. Simple, long lasting impact - fresh greens for spring, neat habit, darkening flower heads, winter interest with grasses. Hmm...

My Own Garden: Atbara Road 2009-2012

A little slide show featuring my own garden (well, it is only fair) from 2009 through to last autumn. Set behind a red brick Victorian (1895) house in Teddington, near to the Lock and River Thames. Richmond and Kingston are a short walk away. North west-facing, the sun lights up the end of the garden…

Membership deal for Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Kew

Delighted to know that buying an annual membership to the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire (£31), also entitles you to free access to the gardens at Kew and Wakehurst Place, amongst others (because of their reciprocal arrangements). I know I'll be back to the Hampshire gardens (magnolia time, summer for the Centenary Border, autumn…

David Austin roses – introductions 2012/13 and … 2013/14

Tranquility, The Lark Ascending, Boscobel and Heathcliff- four of the five new roses introduced by David Austin last year. Apart from Albrighton Rambler, whose appearance we might better be able to guess (and is likely to repeat flower..?), the other 2013/14 additions, Carolyn Knight, Thomas A Becket and The Lady Gardener will have to remain…

Rose Munstead Wood (English Rose, David Austin)

One of my favourite English Roses, Munstead Wood (named after Gertrude Jekyll's home and garden in Surrey). A dramatic, rich deep and velvety crimson with good fragrance. Flowers - large in size and cupped at first, the colour deepens as the flower matures and we get a glimpse of the stamens amongst the petals. Practically…

Thoughts turn to summer…

This semi-circular border was planted (on bare soil) in April and May 2012 and photographed at the end of July. Plenty of rain helped it quickly establish - the addition of annual cosmos and verbena bonariensis, creating a fuller, more mature feel this early on. Roses are set to take centre stage in the coming…

Early Flowering Cherry, Prunus hirtipes

The presence of this very early blooming cherry in the western world is attributed to plant explorer E.H. Wilson, who made numerous sojourns to the hills of western China in the early 1900s. Following on the heels of the snowdrops, this elegant cherry (formerly known as Prunus conradinae) produces slightly fragrant single flowers, white with…

A display of crocus, RHS Wisley

Almost time for the annual display of crocus - this photograph taken on 2nd March last year (at RHS Wisley). The displays at Kew should be even more extensive, with several hundred thousand new bulbs being added in the last few years. 2010 and 2011 were both pretty dry years and the annual show was…