An Alpine Springtime … more technicolor dreams from RHS Wisley

Always a Springtime treat, the Alpine House and especially my local, at the RHS gardens at Wisley. Add in some glorious sunshine and these technicolor beauties really sing. I shared my time inside the Glasshouse with a raucous group of children tasked with drawing some of the specimens on show. All seem delighted with the…

Taking a peek inside the Alpine House at RHS Wisley – and a scented meander down through the Rock Garden into Seven Acre Wood ….

A little peak inside the Alpine House which sits atop the Rock Garden in the RHS gardens at Wisley (the rose garden is behind, an allée of Bonsai trees to one side and the vegetable garden too, if you need to get your bearings. This is a traditional glasshouse where the plants are mostly displayed…

RHS Wisley – blue skies and sunshine illuminate this beautiful late-November landscape

Such a beautiful day, yesterday, 24th November, under a bright blue clear sky and welcome sunshine. Chill but quite beautiful. I'd never seen the car parks so full - in fact I was directed over a mile down the lane towards the village before heading cross-country into previously unseen fields before making the trek back…

Technicolor Rainbows in the Alpine House at RHS Wisley

Never disappointing, the Alpine House at RHS Wisley. Particularly colourful in these early months as you can see. Rhubarb-pinks, bright yellows, true blues, glaucous greens, cochineal reds, zebra-striped purples and arctic whites - and packing a punch for such diminutive little stars. And this only January 14th (they were photographed on my visit yesterday morning).…

A Kew Gardens Miscellany – the Roses (some flower, lots of hips), a glide through the Davies Alpine House and of course, some autumn leafery (see the Ginkgos) …

An unexpected bit of free time today and lo! A parking space by the Victoria Gate which meant I had to stop - and (first things first) smell the roses. Gertrude Jekyll, Stanwell Perpetual and Madame Isaac Pereire brought High Summer right back on a mostly overcast mid-November day. Soul food. From the Rose Garden,…

Two Glasshouses at RHS Wisley – one large & tropical; one small, for all things alpine

The Glasshouse at RHS Wisley I think in blogging circles, this day of the week is known as Wordless Wednesday. Well, so much for that! By way of the briefest explanations, the galleries, above and below, are filled with images from my visit last week to RHS Wisley - but since the weather then and…

In my favourite Alpine House – RHS Wisley in Technicolor

  In the Alpine House at RHS Wisley, a kaleidoscope of colour (I know I've used that particular description on more than one occasion but it works for the rainbow of colour on display quite perfectly). And in the gallery below, from their Plant Centre, more Alpine and Rock Garden stars ... Just galleries this…

A banquet-kaleidoscope-smorgasbord-gallimaufry of early Spring colour and scent … (or Where’s Thug?)

Ah, well, you've got me - one huge gallery of images and barely a note to cover the 'who, what, why, where and when' of it all - The 'where'will be at Kew and Wisley and a few points in between, including those deliciously cool crocus on my own front step, delicately rain-dropped and rather…

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…