Orchid Festival, Kew Gardens: Now On!

Orchid Festival, Kew Gardens: Now On! The festival is on - lots of great photos in this Telegraph photo gallery - and I'll be there next week with my own camera (and spare batteries)....

Kew Orchid Festival 9th February – 3rd March

Kew Orchid Festival 9th February - 3rd MarchMake time if you can, to visit this near month long, quite extraordinary festival of orchids and other exotics in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, starting next Saturday. Last year it was magical, intensely colourful, hugely imaginative and BIG! I don't doubt it will be bolder and brighter…

Camellias

Time to visit Chiswick House I think, their camellia collection in the glasshouse ought to be coming into flower. Built in the 1830's by the Duke of Devonshire, at a once world record beating 300' long, the recently renovated greenhouse houses a unique collection of camellias - all but one planted between 1830 and 1850.…

The White Garden, Sissinghurst

Spurred on by the BBC4 series starting tonight - and having read Adam Nicolson's book "Sissinghurst - An Unfinished History" last summer, it seems a good time to look through the photographs taken on a rather damp early August day last year. For a few brief minutes I had the garden all to myself. Heaven.

Daphne bholua Alba

Daphne bholua 'Alba', the white flowered form of this intoxicatingly sweet scented shrub. Typically evergreen and growing 6' to 10' high, less in spread. Reading from Michael Dirr's Encyclopedia 'The Daphnes are great garden plants and several species offer the sweetest fragrance... Daphne culture is akin to voodoo medicine, and many different recommendations are given.…

Hillier Winter Gardens

Hillier Winter Gardens "The Winter Garden, which is situated close to the Visitor Pavilion, occupies three acres and containing more than 650 different plants grown for their winter effect. We believe this to be the largest Winter Garden in Europe. It has been planted to show a wide range of plants that are at their…