Cottage Gardens

Phyllis Bide – the perfect rambling rose for a cottage garden – informal flowers in a muddle of apricot and cream – and not a monster either, like Kiftsgate or Wedding Day… The Story cover photo is from the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden at RHS Chelsea this year. Proof if it were needed of the…

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 – the show gardens, the great pavillion, the roses and … well, pretty much everything

From my walk through Chelsea, to the very last moment - a few hours in the company of the world's greatest flower show....

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

A late summer - nearly autumnal - tour of Bordeaux and the hinterland heading past Bergerac into the Dordogne. I'd been last there in 1991, zipping around in an electric blue Peugeot 205 GTI (and one sold recently, not the same special edition even, for £38,000. Not bitter, not a jot). This time around, in…

A gazillion Zinnias – the Trial Fields at RHS Wisley

Zinnias in abundance in the Trial Fields at RHS Wisley. Another over-bright afternoon - too sunny really to get the best out of these brightest of summer stars - but I was there and so were they, in great abundance too and stars many of them are, of the late summer border, still in the…

A return visit and a more leisurely tour of RHS Wisley

A return visit to the gardens at RHS Wisley, in the brightest of sunshine, to take a more leisurely walk than I had time for last week - and to stroll through the orchards, Glasshouse borders and seven acre wood. Hugely busy as you might expect on the eve of a Bank Holiday weekend but…

A Petersham Nurseries Gallery – one the eve of opening in the heart of Covent Garden, a few images from the source of its inspiration …

Puddles, Dahlias, among many more colourful floral delights, cats and sparkly things ... everything you might expect from Petersham Nurseries - and you can enjoy of all of these things (cats excepted) from tomorrow when they open in Covent Garden tomorrow (King Street/Floral Street). Can't wait to see the new store myself next week. Business…

A few things that caught my eye today – a little tour of Petersham Nurseries on the longest Day of the Year

No captions this time - far too hot to be bothering with detail like that I'd say - but a few images from a post-lunch ten minute trot through the Nurseries, the Cutting Garden and plant benches. All quite colourful I think you'll agree (and of course, I can take a lot of pictures in…

The Autumn Equinox – And to celebrate, a little tour of RHS Wisley

Rosa Florentina, in the Jubilee Rose Garden at RHS Wisley - this may be the autumn equinox but the roses aren't letting go of summer just yet. A little time since my last post but in my defence, I have had a holiday - a delicious time in Barcelona, if you must know - so…

Your garden in August – a few thoughts …

August has already given us some glorious sunshine and plenty of beautifully warm days - and while there may be a little rain (OK, a lot of rain coming) - this is a combination that our plants will absolutely love. True, the evenings are that little bit shorter now and this signals a change in…