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…

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

  I'm preparing for a workshop covering the possibilities for gardening in a little - or a lot - of shade and have begun to put together the gallery (above, but more to come) to illustrate some of the contenders that anyone tackling such a proposition might entertain. Damp shade and dry shade, dappled shade…

Kew in the Country – Wakehurst Place, water gardens, wetland, woodland and wildflower meadows…

An afternoon wander through the woodland, wetland, water gardens and wildflower meadows at Wakehurst Place, Kew in the Country (and National Trust too, but the parking is only free to Friends of Kew.. a big issue, this...) There is much, much more to see here within the greater parkland and more formal gardens at Wakehurst…

Another Kew Gardens Miscellany – Autumn brilliance of course, the Xstrata Treetop Walk, the Lily Pond and a setting for The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Acer palmatum in typically bright garb.. Acer sieboldianum (below) Acer platanoides (above) with Castanea sativa, the Sweet Chestnut (below) Fagus sylvatica, a copse of very beautiful Common Beech (though there is nothing common about these specimens) - Leading us over to the Xstrata Treetop Walkway, high above the woodland floor with panoramic views, particularly through…

Wakehurst Place – Kew Gardens in the Country

    Wakehurst Place, billed as "Kew Gardens in the Country"   ... my pictures, taken yesterday and a few words from these goodly folk... http://www.kew.org/visit-wakehurst http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wakehurst-place/ http://www.gardenvisit.com/garden/wakehurst_place_garden http://thegallopinggardener.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/gardens-for-all-seasons-wakehurst-place.html http://thegallopinggardener.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/wonderful-w-gardens-wakehurst-to-wisley.html    

Spring delights in the The Savill Garden

  A pageant of colour - rhododendrons and camellias, hellebores and pulmonarias, cherry blossom, crocus, narcissus, daphne and more - but which group of plants is missing from this gallery. It's a biggie?! Links http://www.theroyallandscape.co.uk/gardens-and-landscape/the-savill-garden http://www.theroyallandscape.co.uk/seasonal-highlights/the-savill-garden/march-and-april/ http://www.theroyallandscape.co.uk/visitor-information/the-savill-building/

Bark!

A walk through Kew, enjoying a bright chill day that the BBC weatherman assured me would hold nothing but rain upon more rain. Plus there was a parking space by the Victoria Gate entrance, so there was no excuse to call in. My rules! I've recently explored  (deep breath..) the woodland area by the Temple…

The Savill Garden in Autumn (Part 1)

A tour this afternoon around The Savill Garden, part of the Royal Landscape of Windsor Great Park. Bright blue skies, bright autumn colours - from the Japanese Maples in particular - but all manner of autumn glories too. Recommended! http://www.theroyallandscape.co.uk/gardens-and-landscape/the-savill-garden/

Acer Sango-kaku

The rather beautiful Acer palmatum, Sango-kaku, in golden garb, photographed in the Woodland Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, yesterday In fact, this garden was full of delights - more maples, a marvellous Black Walnut, the totems of Cardocrimum giganteum mentioned earlier, Aconitums (flopped but still dangerously blue), Epimediums looking lush and vigorous...