By Eck! Them’s some Echinacea …

  It is rewarding for me (at least me) that I can go back through several years' of content, of past outings and, that I am so close to two remarkable gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and the RHS Gardens at Wisley in Surrey, Both feature regularly in these pages and I am…

More A-Zs from RHS Wisley – Agapanthus and Zantedeschia in the Trial Fields

The Trial Fields are moving from their slightly backwater location, over the brow of Battleston Hill, to where the old plant centre had its home before the new visitor village was built and opened recently. I hope it finds more visitors enjoying the spectacle as well as learning about the RHS's Award of Garden Merit…

An Afternoon at RHS Wisley – the Double Herbaceous Borders, Cottage and Jubilee Rose Gardens, a touch of woodland and more …

  Another - sigh -trip down memory lane though I have booked our timed visit for mid-July and hope the gardens might look something like this, from a visit a year or three ago. Always something to admire, some combination of plants, a design feature, something new you might not have seen before. And such…

The shady garden in summer and autumn… beginning an A-Z

  I had been preparing for a workshop covering the possibilities for gardening in a little - or a lot - of shade and put together the gallery last year to illustrate some of the contenders that anyone tackling such a proposition might entertain. A perennial question, this, what to plant, planting combination and health…

Arabella Lennox Boyd – invention and boundless imagination in the gardens at Gresgarth Hall

A garden, though visited in 2015, that has a hold on me still, with vivid memories of superb planting, striking vistas, artistry and sheer passion for the gardens and countryside around. The season 'up north' will be naturally a little later than here, 'down south' so while I visited at the beginning of July, climate…

Waterperry Gardens

    Another unapologetic walk down memory lane, this day in 2018, to the remarkable Waterperry Gardens. A joy on so many levels. I was at the HTA National Plant Show at Stoneleigh Park near Coventry yesterday, a tedious journey up and down the M40, especially back but I did make a grateful stop at…

Postcards from Sussex – the extraordinary Arundel Castle and Gardens

  To prevent a general revolt over a daily onslaught of postcards from June 2017, you'll be glad yo note I've left out at least four more galleries from David Austin Roses in Shropshire, the delightful Chastleton House and a mooch around Woodstock and Blenheim Palace. For the not so feint-hearted, please search for stories…

Postcards from Shropshire – Seconds from David Austin Roses

Like I said, an Inventory ... The Victorian Walled Garden The Victorian Walled Garden is a formal garden made up of three circular borders, which diminish in width towards the centre. They are planted with English Roses and other repeat-flowering shrub roses. The focal point of the garden is the large central stone carving. Visitors can…

Postcards from Shropshire – a first gallery from David Austin Roses at Albrighton

A first look at the Long Garden, mostly, at the eponymous gardens at Albrighton - just a short drive from our base near Shrewsbury and a beautiful, inspirational stop-over on our way to Woodstock. I realised of course today that I have effectively inventories the gardens, as I might once have done to a flat…