Rose Care, Maintenance and Pruning

Thank you to everyone that came to the workshop yesterday at Petersham Nurseries, where we looked rose care, planting, general maintenance and crucially pruning and I hope our time together and the notes I left with you will be useful. I enjoyed the brief tour through the Cutting Garden and Kitchen Garden though not everybody…

Creating a cottage garden – and roses of course ….

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... Morning All! I'm contributing to a workshop at Petersham Nurseries today hosted by Amanda Brame, and of course I'm talking about roses. I…

A return to Mottisfont Abbey; an Old Rose Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage to these gardens, for which, so far as the roses are concerned, we have Graham Stuart Thomas to thank principally and for the last 40+ years, the National Trust for preserving and enhancing his original collection of Old Roses. Mottisfont holds the National Collection of Shrub Roses. I met Jonny Bass, the head…

Teddington Gardener Review of the Year – June 2014 – Roses, Petersham Nurseries, A Birthday Party, Mottisfont Abbey, Kew Gardens and Climbing the Pagoda, Waterperry Gardens. Glorious Summer.

Petersham Nurseries and a 10th Birthday Party, Roses everywhere including Mottisfont Abbey and Waterperry Gardens, climbing the Pagoda at Kew Gardens, a Twickenham Wild Flower Meadow and some of my own projects. Once again, a glorious month!

Heritage Rose Foundation Conference, Winchester and Mottisfont Abbey – meeting the Great and the Good of the Rose World

In the footsteps of a Master: Graham Stuart Thomas I've had the privilege of attending the Heritage Rose Foundation Conference in Winchester today, mixing with the great and the good of the Rose World, with folk from America, New Zealand, India and closer to home - Trevor White of the eponymous rose nursery for example.…

A River runs through it… a momentary break from the roses at Mottisfont

The River Test runs over chalk through the grounds of the ancient Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire. Crystal clear waters, live with fish and overhung with willow... stop for a minute and enjoy the birdsong. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont/

Heading into the second Walled Rose garden at Mottisfont Abbey….

Crepuscule Crepuscule was raised by M Dubreuil in France in 1904. He has previously (1884) raised that little charmer Perle d'Or which bids fair to outlast most roses, like Gloire de Dijon. Nobody is raising these exquisite Noisettes these days. Crepuscule is of lax, semi-climbing growth and has been recommended for hedging, but I think…