A Cutting Garden with Tulips in abundance, Fritillaries both imperial & persica, the first Roses, Hawthorn, Camellias, still, cherry blossom, still, spicy Wisteria, chartreuse Euphorbia, a country churchyard and an old deer park – plus a cow or two … tales from Petersham Nurseries

A few images from a day at the Nurseries. I've been tweeting and instagramming over the past few days and posted a couple of videos too - they'll be easy to find from the links on my blog - featuring amongst other things, this vibrant Cutting Garden. They will give you an overview of this…

Your garden in August – a few thoughts …

August has already given us some glorious sunshine and plenty of beautifully warm days - and while there may be a little rain (OK, a lot of rain coming) - this is a combination that our plants will absolutely love. True, the evenings are that little bit shorter now and this signals a change in…

Kew Gardens – Early One Morning/Lazing on a Sunday Morning

Kew Gardens once again opens its gates at 8am for Friends of Kew, right through the Summer. I took advantage of this early opening on Sunday before heading over to Petersham Nurseries and really appreciated the cool calm and quiet - there were other folk about but few and far between (it's a big place)…

Impressions from Petersham Nurseries

A rather large gallery, this, clearly, cataloguing a day at Petersham Nurseries on Saturday - starting with the walk down the lane, past St. Peter's Church Yard and Petersham Meadows and then into the Nurseries themselves. Plenty of images are from the long Cutting Garden, which at the moment is a symphony of Tulips, Fritillaria…

My first look at RHS Wisley (this year) – Colourful winter stems, Alpine and Glasshouse finery and more…

I'm fortunate that the vast array of garden landscapes at RHS Wisley in Surrey are a short drive from Teddington HQ and that I can be as frequent a visitor as I am, without ever, ever being bored - there is always something, whatever the season, to delight and inspire. This unseasonably mild weather (about…

A view from Petersham Nurseries – hot sun, blue skies and a wander through perennials, roses and the Cutting Garden

And a look at a few of the Aquilegias we have... Hot, hot, hot, today, sun and blue skies over this part of Arcadia, and here - a glimpse of some of the plants and floral displays that caught my eye today. The Cutting Garden seems to be quadrupling in flower-power every week and this…

From a wet Thursday… poppies, wisteria, foxgloves & roses – and a blurred view across Petersham Meadows

Rain, rain and more rain, yesterday - persistent and accompanied by chill winds too. Considering the balmy temperatures of the previous day it was quite a shock to the system! It did, however, provide an opportunity for some picture taking with the advantage of some photogenic rain drops...  

From the Queen’s Garden, skirting the Orangery for some beautiful Irises and a hint of the peonies to come – and on to two remarkable wisterias. Kew Gardens – take a walk with me….

Leaving Kew Palace behind me and heading towards the Duke's Garden, the walk takes me past several stands of striking variegate Irises, which I think would convert anyone who is averse to any varigated foliage, full stop. The flowers are a bonus, but the leaves on their own, especially with a froth of blue forget-me-nots,…