A Riot of Roses at David Austin HQ – An Access All Areas Tour of the Gardens, Glasshouses, Breeding Program, Trial Fields … and musings on Fragrance in the summer and autumn garden –

The Gardens at David Austin Roses, Albrigton, Shropshire They may have been battered by the rains but how beautiful are these gardens still! A veritable riot of colour, in beds and borders, along paths and clothing walls and clambering up and over pillars. Every conceivable space is festooned. Walls have climbers and ramblers flowering from…

Stylish late – late summer containers

I hosted a workshop a few weeks ago now, at Petersham Nurseries, with the title of 'Stylish late-summer containers. I promised the guests that I would create some notes and have been very tardy I doing so. I hope to remedy this here, jotting down a few of the points we covered, and details of…

Winter Containers

Stylish winter containers with ideas and examples from Petersham Nurseries; colour, texture, fragrance contrast and harmony for outdoor planting combinations

Petersham Nurseries 15 Years and going strong …

Celebrations this week for the 15th Anniversary of Petersham Nurseries in Richmond, marked with an evening banquet all around the theme of the honey-bee - floral installations, menu, even the wine, with Cire Trudon and their new honey-scented candle delighting the senses throughout the entire glasshouse. A memorable evening and so pleased to have been…

A long-overdue visit to the gardens of RHS Wisley – a riot of colour and scent this early May Day

Hawthorn, Bluebells, Azaleas and Rhododendrons, flowering Viburnums, a craft fair, tree-trunk sculpture, sunshine and fragrance. A fine start to a long-overdue visit to these gardens. Sunshine and a few scattered squalls, sometimes a bit over-bright for good photography, but glad to have made the effort to get out here today. The Craft Fair - huge -…

A dry – and later, damp, Cutting Garden, some Clematis and Hydrangeas and a Peony ready for her close-up … A Petersham Nurseries Day with a macro-lens

The Cutting Garden at Petersham Nurseries, warm and dry and sunshiny first thing, a little drizzle at the end of the day, but both beautiful to photograph. Fluffy, aka Fino, one of our cats, hoping for extra helpings ... And a late-afternoon look at the Garden Shop, having picked out some beautiful Hydrangeas and Gardenias…

15 Favourites – Garden Plants

At Petersham Nurseries, we are planning our 15th Anniversary this month of May, celebrating the past decade and a half under the stewardship of the Boglione family and the development of the Nurseries and the expert team behind its horticultural reputation. We are choosing 15 favourites, roses of course, garden plants and houseplants, (for we…

Floating Flowers from Petersham Nurseries

This is something I started in February of last year, when rain filled a huge metal container, a vast pedestal bowl with ornate handles that originally had it's home in the Bank of Rome in Italy, somewhere (one of a pair). Too much water to drain easily, I floated Hellebores on the surface of the…