Everything I saw at BBC Gardeners’ World Live today ….

Voila! All my photos from the show in one gallery - I've had a lovely day but with several hours travel up and down the M40 and sat sitting on the M25... well here are my pictures and I'm going out for some dinner now..... There is, I grant, a little sorting through, grouping, annotating…

The Savill Garden and Windsor Great Park – summer cycling and a picnic, roses, dry gardens, shady glades and boggy bits, castles, lakes and wide open spaces

The Savill Garden was our first port of call today, an impressive collection of gardens within the larger vision of Windsor Great Park. I wanted to have a look at the rose garden in particular, a swirling design of tapering interlocking beds, the colour of the roses intensifying towards the centre (peaking with Munstead Wood,…

A daisy with an eye on Empire… Erigeron karvinskianus

This Mexican Fleabane, despite its lowly name, is a classy plant and one, when - and where - happy, will grow to form a daisy empire in your garden. Erigeron karvinskianus forms a froth of tiny white daisies, with yellow eyes and petals that mature through purple and pink to give a very attractive overall…

A little early May tour around RHS Wisley – Rockery, Woodland and Rockery again…

A tour through the Surrey gardens of RHS at Wisley, taking us from the entrance (and before we even get going we have to stop and gawk at the Clianthus Kaka King!) before skirting along above the water lily pond to see the Wisteria and Roses enjoying the warmth of a long brick wall -…

A walk around, under and through this remarkable tree – the Judas tree, Cercis siliquastrum at Kew – a little video…

A few minutes to explore this remarkable tree, at the nadir of pristine lilac-pink blossom, leaves just pumping up from remarkable miniatures and the undoubted star of the Mediterranean Garden at Kew Gardens today. There was birdsong, but also the planes, so perhaps you might lower the volume on your whatever-it-is-you're-watching-this-on device!  

The Judas tree at Kew – Cercis siliquastrum in the Mediterranean Garden – a real star performance @kewgardens

Well, I think that just about gives you every angle! This remarkable tree, Cercis siliquastrum, also known as the Judas tree, forms part of the Mediterranean Landscape at Kew Gardens and is just about at its best just now. Alone it is both striking and beautiful but contrasting with the yellow, fragrant gorse, the combination…

A gander at some star attractions at Kew Gardens today

The Chokushi-mon and Japanese Landscape at Kew Gardens today Chaenomeles speciosa adding some bright scarlet highlights to the many greens of the Japanese Landscape. Iris unguicularis elsewhere adds bright blue elsewhere in the scheme. Green, however, is the unifying theme. Prunus cerasifera is one of the first trees to come into blossom - you might…

Glorious Salvias at Kew Gardens

This very long border, packed full of all manner of Salvias, is looking just glorious - despite it being the 20th November - a late triumph of colour, with dark blue-blacks and palest blues, indigos and purples, reds, pinks, cerise and carmine set against typically aromatic leaves. These are tender, half-hardy and borderline hardy plants…

Now I know – it’s Salvia forskaohlei – and Balkan, not Bulgarian…

orskaohlei...Salvia forskaohlei (Forskahl's Sage) (Indigo Woodland Sage) The large, almost triangular leaves of this Balkan native make a striking base for the long spires of white-streaked, violet-blue blooms where robust flower stems arch gracefully above the basal foliage, lying close to the ground. for more reading.... http://www.worldofsalvias.com/gallry12.htm http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningadvice/10986782/Dream-of-colour-Growing-salvias-is-the-answer.html http://gardendrum.com/2013/04/22/favourite-autumn-flowering-salvias/