A guide to spring-flowering bulbs in the garden – planting ideas from January to May in kaleidoscopic style

  Bulbs in the spring garden. The text and images are timely in this piece, looking through the late winter and spring months January through to May, though it was originally written for a September story when the bulbs and corms would be available for planting. There are practical tips and hints planting of course,…

Petersham Open Garden 2018 – all the pictures!

Ten gardens, ten private passions, ten stories - all on show for Petersham Open Gardens, an event every two years where private gardens showcase their beauty and skills (and skulls in some gardens), for charitable purposes. And given the footfall today, the charity-benefitting coffers will be full to overflowing. Congratulations folk, one and all. I…

How much can you cram into one small front garden … more than you would think, I think ..

Well, there are two standard Munstead Wood Roses, one standard Rose Ballerina, another standard Lady Emma Hamilton, oh and Desdemona, another standard - shrub roses Vanessa Bell and The Poet's Wife, a half barrel of Erigeron karvinskianus, a pot of Campanula Pink Octopus, Alliums (Mont Blanc maybe), three large pots of Pelargoniums (zonal, ivy-leaved, scented…

Petersham House Gardens Open Day …

Just a look, with some duplication perhaps - sorry about that, but technology is tetchy this evening - of the gardens at Petersham House, adjacent to the eponymous Nurseries we know and love.  The gardens are open tomorow, and the lawns will be striped to perfection by the time I take more pictures tomorrow morning…

Four garden centres, planting a new wisteria, repotting houseplants and a few tulips … a day in the life of –

A day of sunshine and showers and a trip down the M3 to Windlesham to visit Longacres and subsequently Wyevale and Hilliers. Three very different garden centres - one huge and sprawling, with everything (save many perennials), one very glum and one that has been extended and revamped beautifully - quite a treat. Longacres is…

Teddington Gardener Review of the Year – August 2014 – Kew Gardens, Heather on the Moors and an Agricultural Show in North Yorkshire, Covent Garden Flower Market & Petersham Nurseries. Summer marches on…

Kew Gardens, Petersham Nurseries, North Yorkshire, Covent Garden Flower Market and my own projects. A busy month but time off in the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors. Glorious (have I said that before at all?)

Teddington Gardener Review of the Year – July 2014 – Petersham Nurseries, Luton Hoo, Wrest Park, Hampton Court Flower Show, RHS Wisley, Mayfield Lavender and Great Dixter. Blooming Marvellous!

Petersham Nurseries, Luton Hoo, Wrest Park, Hampton Court and also the Flower Show there, a Study Day at Great Dixter with Fergus Garrett, my own projects, Mayfield Lavender and naturally, RHS Wisley. One from Farnborough Air Show too!

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!

Teddington Gardener Review of the Year – May 2014 – Kew Gardens, Composting, Auriculas, the first Roses, Wild Food Foraging, Chelsea Fringe and Chelsea Flower Show, Petersham Nurseries. Intimations of Summer.

Roses, amazingly early, appreciating the mild winter and warm, early Spring. Kew Gardens, Auriculas, Paeonies, Chelsea Fringe and a brief call in at the Chelsea Flower Show, more roses, much at Petersham Nurseries, Wild Food foraging with Claudio Bincoletto, the Joy of Composting... another glorious month!