The Trial Fields at RHS Wisley where much is being assessed and examined, usually over a three-year period, to determine the best cultivars and those that might be awarded the coveted Award of Garden Merit (AGM). Rosemary and Alliums, Corn, Viburnum, Penstemons, Petunias, Begonias and Cabbage, Cosmos, Calla Lily, Echinacea – and much more – are all set out in serried rows across this wide, gently sloping expanse. I photographed the Agapanthus last year – and more completely though I […]
Flower therapy, this. From Petersham Nurseries today. To quote from Cabaret – ‘Leave your troubles outside, So- life is disappointing? Forget it! We have no troubles here! Here life is beautiful… ‘ After this you can go back to Brexit/Conservative Leadership/Chilcot Report/Euro 2016/24HourNews/Emails… ‘What good’s permitting some prophet of doom To wipe every smile away Life is a cabaret, old chum So come to the cabaret’
Categories: Architectural Plants, Bedding, Cottage Garden, Cutting Garden, Dahlias, David Austin roses, Fragrant plants, Grasses, herbaceous, Hydrangea, late summer border, Open to the public, Petersham Nurseries, plants for roses, Roses, Seasonal colour, Summer garden, White Garden • Tags: Achillea, Aconitum, Agapanthus, Ammi, Angelonia, Annabelle Lavender, Antirrhinum, Babylon Dahlias, Bishop of Llandaff, Campanula Loddon Anna, Claire Austin, cosmos, Cosmos atrosangioneus, Cottage Garden, Cutting Garden, dahlias, David Austin Roses, Delphiniums, Dianh, dianthus, Diascia, Echinacea, Freanch Beans, James Galway, Lychnis, Matthiola, Olivia Rose Austin, passion flower, Petersham Nurseries, Rambling Rosie, rudbeckia, salvias, sanguisorba, Scabious, Sir John Betjeman, Snapdragon, Sophy's Rose, Spirit of Freedo, Summer Borders, summer colour, summer song, The Alexandra RoseFeverfew, Troillius, White Garden Choices, Wollerton Old Hall
A wedding being celebrated in the Nurseries today and my talented florist-colleagues Thomas Broom-Hughes and Flora Lawson have been busy creating these beautiful displays. Worthy of more than a few photographs I should say. The Cutting Garden provided an opportunity for a few ‘captures’ this evening too, as I left Petersham Nurseries. While the new stock of Agapanthus coming into flower were also worthy of a pause … Agapanthus, the white – Whitney and the blue – Bluetty … – […]
Categories: Architectural Plants, Bulbs, Cutting Garden, herbaceous, Petersham Nurseries • Tags: Agapanthus, Agapanthus Bluetty, Agapanthus Whitney, Allium, alliums, Aquilegia, Camassia, Corydalis Berry Exciting, Euphorbia polychroma, Events at Petersham, Foxglove, Geum Flames of Passion, hawthorn, Iris, Lemon Cosmos, Lupins, paeonia, peony, Petersham Nurseries, Queen Anne's Lace, Rose, seasonal flowers, Stocks, Sweet Pea, Tulip, Wedding flowers
The Trial Fields at RHS Wisley are full of hopeful contestants for the coveted Award of Garden Merit and plants are submitted to the RHS so that, over a number of years, they can be assessed and performance recorded and rated. Agapanthus are going through this process at the moment (and large, late-flowering Clematis, annual sunflowers, Penstemons, Physocarpus, Euphorbia and brassicas, other plants too I’m sure but defintely these ones). I have a mind that the trial fields will be […]
Categories: Architectural Plants, RHS WIsley • Tags: Agapanthus, Agapanthus campanulatus Profusion, Agapanthus campanulatus subs patens, AGM, Alan Street, Albiflorus, Arctic Star, Award of Garden Merit, Bethlehem Star, Blue Ice, Bray Valley, Bright Blue, Castle of Mey, Dartmoor, Dnjepr, Donau, Dutch Seaside, Eggesford Sky, Exmoor, Flower of Love, Gletsjer, Happy Blue, Indigo Dreams, Inkspots, Johanna, Jonny's White, Leanne, Luly, Lyn Valley, Maragaret, Marjorie, Marnie, Midnight Star, Monique, Moonlight Star, Nikki, Northern Star, Notfred, Oslo, Polar Ice, Rhone, RHS Wisley, Sally Anne, Sandringham, Sandy, Silver baby, Silver Moon, Snow Crystal, Strawberry Ice, Summer Days, Super Star, Suzan, Sweet Dreams, Sweet Surprise, Taw Valle, Tornado, Trial Fields, Windsor Grey, Wisley
Hot Chocolate, in the Jubilee Rose Garden at RHS Wisley. I’ve seen this paired up with dark spiky salvias to great effect – just thinking about it, how about Amistad in the background. How sumptuous would that be? The Jubilee Rose garden, with central terrace and beds radiating outwards between grass paths, is a traditional rose garden in that it is pretty much just roses with no companion planting at all. A mix of mostly modern roses, including a goodly […]
Categories: David Austin roses, Fragrant plants, General comment, RHS WIsley, Roses • Tags: Aconitum Spark's Variety, Agapanthus, Agapanthus Taw Valley, Agapanthus Windsor Grey, Belle Epoque, complimentary planting, David Austin Roses, Echinacea, Echinops, Ellina, English Roses, Fellowship. Absolutely Fabulous, For your eyes only, Hemerocallis, Hot Chocolate, Jubilee Celebration, L'Aimant, Monarda Squaw, Perovskia Little Spire, Rhapsody in Blue, roses, Royal William, Simply the Best, Stipa gigantea, Tatton
I arrived at Petersham Nurseries 45 minutes earlier than necessary with a view to taking a few pictures – and I am a speedy photographer – so here is a little gallery of plants that are both conveniently for sale or at home in the Cutting Garden (a practical resource for so much of the nurseries’ floristry needs as well as a seed-bed for inspiration). I was not disappointed. After a day of sunshine and rain, and having watered extensively […]
Categories: Architectural Plants, Bedding, Bulbs, Climbing plants, colour, Cutting Garden, Dahlias, dark foliage plants, David Austin roses, Fragrant plants, herbaceous, Hydrangea, Open to the public, Petersham Nurseries, plants for roses, Roses, Seasonal colour, Seeds, Summer garden • Tags: Agapanthus, Ammi majus, Astilbe, Ballerina, Brother Cadfael, Campanula, Cutting Garden, dahlias, David Austin Roses, Delphinium, Digitalis, Digitalis mertonensis, Eryngium, Foxglove, Gentle Hermione, Geum Cocktail Mix, Golden Celebration, Handel, Hemerocallis, herbaceous plants, Hydrangea Annabelle, Hydrangea Pink Annabelle, Iceberg, Jude the Obscure, Lady Emma Hamilton, Melianthis major, perennial plants, Petersham Nurseries, Petunia, Primula viallii, Salvia, Scepter'd Isle, Schoolgirl, Sunflower, Tanacetum, Wollerton Old Hall
The gardens of Quinta da Palheiro are famous not only for the variety of plants that grow there but also for the beauty of their setting in the hills to the east of Funchal, the capital of Madeira. Madeira has long been called the Garden Isle and it seems that almost anything will grow in its fertile soils. In Funchal, many tropical plants have found a home and Hibiscus, Bougainvillaea are in flower almost all the year round along with […]
Categories: Architectural Plants, Camellias, General comment, Open to the public, Ornamental trees, Roses, Travel broadens the mind • Tags: Aeoniums, Agapanthus, Alberta magna, Aloe ciliata, Alsophilia spp, Amaryllis belladonna, Anigozanthus spp, Araucaria angustifolia, Araucaria bidwillii, Araucaria cookii, Araucaria excelsa, Aristolochea gigantea, Banksia spp, Beleperone guttata, Blandy Family, Bletilla hyacinthina, Brugmansia arborea, Brugmansia sanguinea, Brugmansia versicolor, Burchelia capensis, Callistemon, Canarina canariensis, Cantua buxifolia, Ceanothus spp, Cedrus atlantica, Cedrus deodora, Cestrum spp, Clethra arborea, Clianthus alba, Clivia miniata, Colleta armata, Cornus capitata, Crinum morei, Dahlia imperialis, davidia involucrata, Dicksonia antarctica, Dierama spp, Echium candicans, Eucalpytus ficifolia, Funchal, Garden Isle, Geranium maderense, Gladiolus spp, Haemanthus coccinea, Hedychiums, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Hippeastrum spp, Holmskoldia sanguinea, Hymenosporum flavum, Ixia viridiflora, Jacobina carnea, Jardim do Senhora, Lagerstromia indica, Leptospermum scoparium, Leucodendrum argenteum, Lomatia ferruginea, Lonicera hildenbrandiana, Madeira, Magnolia spp, Melaleuca spp, Metrosideros spp, Michelia doltsopa, Michelia fuscata, Mina lobata, Moschosma riparium, Nerine sarniensis and spps, Nerium oleander, Ornithogalum thrysoides, Palheiro Gardens, Passiflora spp, Paulownia tomentosa, Pinus patula, Pittosporum coriaceum, Plane Tree, Podocarpus spp, Polianthese, Polygala myrtifolia, Protea spp, Punicum granata, Puya alpestris, Quercus spp, Romulea columnea, Rosa spp, Russelia juncea, Salvia guarantica, Salvia sessei, Sarauja subspinosa, Sequioa giganteum, Sequoia sempervirens, Solanum wendlandii, Sparmannia africana, Sprekelia formosa, strelitzia nicoliae, Strelitzia reginae, Streptosolum jamesonii, Telopea spinosissima, Tibouchina semidecandra, Trachelospermum jasminoides, Tritonia croata, Trochotiopsis ebenus, Wachendorfia thrysiflora, Wigandia caracasana, Yucca whipplei
Asters and Hydrangeas, Salvia patens and Indigo Spires, and Caryopterix, Clematis viticella, Agapanthus, Viola, Penstemon, Verbena bonariensis, Dianella & Geranium Rozanne, Crocus and Heliotrope… the blues and violets of an Autumn garden. Mix them up with rich purples and pinks (I’m thinking Sedums here) and the golds and oranges of Heleniums and Helianthus – and there are some fireworks to be had… some ideas here in The Telegraph piece… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningpicturegalleries/11119482/Amazingly-colourful-autumn-borders-to-inspire-you.html and here in the long mixed borders at Wisley….
Categories: colour, General comment • Tags: Agapanthus, asters, blue, blues and violets of an Autumn garden, Caryopterix, Clematis viticella, crocus, Dianella, Geranium Rozanne, Heliotrope, Hydrangeas, Indigo Spires, penstemon, Salvia patens, Verbena bonariensis, Viola
Agapanthus Queen Mum – broad, strappy leaves with tall stems topped with these large, bi-color globes (individual flowers are blue and white on the outside/pure white on the inside). From this angle, the blue is reserved for the sky…. Writing in the Telegraph, Bunny Guinness expands on the subject – How to get the best out of agapanthus all year round Bunny Guinness explains how to make the most of your agapanthus this year. Telegraph 26 March 2012 If I pointed […]
This last one, trained on the wall of the house, is Abutilon Cythia Pike. Of the rather lovely exotic pictured above that, with the feathery foliage and the long red wands, I have yet to put a name to it. Did I see something similar in Cape Verde?
Agapanthus Regal Beauty, a new planting by the Temple of Arethusa (and by the Campanile) at Kew Gardens. I missed photographing them the last visit (damned batteries!) but they are still in fine fettle. I was not the only one stopping to admire these gorgeous creatures. How to grow: Agapanthus We show you how to grow agapanthus – a beautiful and increasingly popular plant Telegraph 12:40PM BST 06 Jun 2013 Bold and architectural, agapanthus are strikingly beautiful plants that have […]
The Jubilee Rose Garden at RHS Wisley (the old rose garden, being almost entirely roses). Hydrangea paniculata Vanille Fraise (above and below) Hosta in flower Hydrangea quercifolia Harmony (above and below) Hemerocallis Frans Hals (above) Entering the Bowes-Lyon Roses Garden – featuring a little of the companion planting that showed up well in the strong sunshine – the roses did not! Super Trouper (what else?!)
Categories: Art in the landscape, David Austin roses, Fragrant plants, General comment, herbaceous, late summer border, Open to the public, plants for roses, RHS WIsley, Roses, Summer garden • Tags: Agapanthus, Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, Canal, Frans Hals, Harmony, helenium hemerocallis, Hemerocallis, Henry Moore, Hosta, Hydrangeas, Jubilee Rose Garden, King and Queen, lilies, Lilium lankongense, Lily Pond, Orange, RHS Wisley, Stipa gigantea, Super Trouper, Vanille Fraise, water lily, woodland
A final slideshow featuring the floral exhibits at the RHS Shades of Autumn Show at the Horticultural Halls, which ran over two days earlier this week. I had been a little disappointed with the Spring shows this year and was in two minds as to whether I should make the (modest) effort to go up to town for this show – and so glad I did. A great collection of nurseries and gardening folk, with plants from all over the […]
Categories: Autumn garden, General comment • Tags: Agapanthus, alpines, asters, Autumn Garden, Bonsai, chrysanthemums, dahlias, gladioli, grasses, heucheras, Horticultural Halls, martagon lilies, nerines, RHS, RHS Shades of Autumn Show, salvias, succulents
A second gallery from the RHS Shades of Autumn show, a two day event closing yesterday, featuring an inspiring collection of plants and gardening folk… Happy to be reminded of plants out of mind, to find names for those which have eluded me and to see some inspiring planting combinations. Gold Medals all round, say I…
Categories: Autumn garden, General comment • Tags: Agapanthus, alpines, asters, Bonsai, chrysanthemums, dahlias, gladioli, grasses, heucheras, Horticultural Halls, Lindley Hall, martagon lilies, nerines, RHS, salvias, Shades of Autumn, succulents
The RHS Shades of Autumn Show at the Horticultural Halls in London – packed full of plants and inspiration and a rather better show than one or two of the more recent events. Bonsai, chrysanthemums, salvias, nerines, dahlias, asters, heucheras, grasses, agapanthus, gladioli, martagon lilies, alpines, succulents – and tradional fruit and vegetables on display too…. Two further slideshows will follow tomorrow and Thursday.
Categories: Autumn garden, Flower Shows, General comment • Tags: Agapanthus, alpines, asters, Bonsai, chrysanthemums, dahlias, gladioli, grasses, heucheras, Horticultural Halls, Lindley Hall, martagon lilies, nerines, RHS, RHS Shades of Autumn Show, salvias, succulents, Vincent Square
My garden project in Roehampton Late summer coming and there is quite a subdued palette – so I have added the kniphofia I’ve been photographing a lot recently (Mango Popsicle) to the mix – it will look great with the golden grasses, pop against the pink of the rose Harlow Carr, and sing against the red of the Persicaria amplexicaulis and Penstemon Garnet. There are baby Euphorbii griffithii Fireglow in there too, but so far, they have been slow to […]
A Moroccan influence here I think – tangerine rose Lady Emma Hamilton, deep blue Agapanthus Northern Star, Lythrum Robin and Veronica Purplicious. The colours sing out in this combination. Now where can I use this…?
Agapanthus Midnight Star It didn’t take long for this stand of agapanthus to attract some wildlife, though I am ashamed to say that I don’t know the name of this visitor. How about Geraldine? Clearly there is some reward in these tightly closed flower-buds and the butterfly has the apparatus to collect. Nature, amazing.