Exciting Redhead seeks dynamic partner for fun and friendship, maybe more?

Royal Bumble is a shrubby salvia with intense, dimunitive, cherry-red flowers and fragrant leaves, flowering from August through to the frosts, and teamed up here with the fine feathery stems of the grass Stipa tenuissima - wonderful, wispy, pale yellow-green leaves topped with fluffy plumes of silver-green flowers, maturing to blonde-buff. This versatile deciduous grass…

Mayfield Lavender Farm – brought my camera this time….

Mayfield Lavender Farm, near Banstead, Surrey I had my camera with me this time, having passed this way almost a month ago on my way to pick up some pots from a nearby nursery. Returning for more pots, I was prepared and stopped and had a heady, fragrant wander through the lines and lines -…

Plants and prospects for my new Kew Project

We're off  to a good start - breaking ground today on my Mediterranean project in Kew. The first crop of plants have been delivered, including those I bought from North Hill Nurseries last week. The (growing) list includes - Caryopteris Heavenly Blue, Dark Knight, White Surprise (7), Euphorbia White Swan (3), Pinus Mugo Mops, Amelanchier…

Welcome to February with Parrotia persica Vanessa

Vanessa' is a selection of Persian ironwood that develops a more upright, columnar habit than the species. This durable tree is beautiful in every season, as its foliage, branch structure and bark are all exceptional. Its leaves are oval shaped with somewhat scalloped edges. They emerge green edged with burgundy, maturing to midgreen in summer.…

The Mediterranean Landscape at Kew

There is a lot you would quite rightly expect to see in the Mediterranean Landscape at Kew - olive trees, of which there are many (and my garden has them both old and gnarled) rock roses - Cistus of many varieties Hebes - ditto above Phlomis tuberosa (ragged) tall slender Cypress (I shall use a…

Strawberry Tree

Arbutus unedo - the Strawberry Tree A slow growing, evergreen tree that deserves to be more popular here in the UK - it is already widely planted in the Continent, even used in street planting and is attractive on so many fronts. Evergreen, of course, is always useful - a flowering tree ticks more boxes,…

Diary Notes

My Diary.. Busy, busy this week - gardening on Monday and Tuesday despite the poor weather - much clearing of leaves and aerating a very compacted lawn and then  a trip to London for the excellent RHS Shades of Autumn show. These pictures are from the show - there have already been slideshows but they…

Researching the Mediterranean Garden…

A little trip to southern Turkey, on the Mediterranean, to soak up some garden inspiration.... Palms, pines and ancient olives... and mimosa, hibuscus, bougainvillea, vines, eucalyptus, lantana, opuntia, peaches and lemons, slender cypress....  a few aromatic and atmospheric planting ideas for UK gardens I think! and a little of this too - well, all work…