It’s all going Vincent van Gogh – Sunflowers on trial at RHS Wisley

More from the Trial Fields at RHS Wisley, time-travelling back five years but a sight that still sticks in the memory. Such variety in height, flower size, colour, texture and bringing out the child in every one of us who ever grew them and watched them tower above us with delight. So, 2015 it is…

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…

By Eck! Them’s some Echinacea …

The Trial Fields are always a treat - proper scrutiny going on year in and year out with trials over several seasons to determine the qualities of new plants and the ongoing worthiness of older cultivars. I've been here throughout the past few years to look in detail at many of the trials - sweet…

Flights of Fancy – Hippeastrums on trial at RHS Wisley

The Glasshouse at RHS Wisley is host to a trial of Hippeastrums (though you might say Amaryllis) and a fine show they make, with such a wide variety of form and colour, with giant trumpets and spidery filamentous-ness side by side, gentle pastels against the brassiest and brightest, velvet against satin against crystal. https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/plants-blogs/plant-trials/february-2015/hippeastrum-on-trial Amaryllis…

Late, large-flowering Clematis at RHS Wisley – Bloomin’ Marvellous in the Trial Fields

The same situation here, two double rows of plants, growing up tall, roughly woven obelisks, laid out for inspection, assessment and examination - late, large-flowering clematis on trial at RHS Wisley. I was here last year and maybe the year before so that would make this at least year three of the trial. Some varieties…

It’s all going Vincent van Gogh – Sunflowers on trial at RHS Wisley

You know the form by now, a few notes and lots, lots and lots of photos. Sunflowers in the spotlight this time, Helianthus annuus, laid out in two double rows at the bottom of the Trial Fields at RHS Wisley, and glorious they are too. I admit that these photos aren't really going to tell…

Agapanthus on trial at RHS Wisley

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…

Beautyberry

More strange fruit, this time the berries of Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion' AGM This mature specimen photographed at RHS Wisley, on the lower slopes of the Rock Garden and in the woodland margin, is particularly eye-catching ~ leafless now and with a profusion of these uncommonly coloured spherical berries. This article, from Horticulture Week,…

Apricot Foxx, Brown Sugar, La Belle Epoque & Crown Imperials

Apricot Foxx (pink/peach), Brown Sugar (pink/orange) and La Belle Epoque (brown) are all stunning tulips in this fine display, matched perfectly with Fritillaria imperialis 'Rubra Maxima,' the Crown Imperial and a skirt of Narcissus Suzy (yellow with red centre). A rhythm of large planters along a wide terrace with a daring, close-colour harmony. Another brilliant…