A Petersham Nurseries Gallery – a feast of roses & perennials and a closer look at the Cutting Garden

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…

Thug, the Petersham Cat. Supervising new seed delivery and burgeoning propagation operations!

Following the sun around the Glasshouse and testing out one or two of the cardboard boxes which brought great numbers of Thomas Etty flower, herb and vegetable seeds to the Nursery. A tough day for Thug, the Petersham Nurseries Cat... I've already added to my seed collection with borage (blue and white), more cosmos, more…

A whole lot of floristry going on…

First, something deceptively simple and then something properly simple - a classier take on the jam jar in fact! In the large display, there's a haze punctuated by borage and poppy, crocosmia, ammi majus, veronicastrum, leucanthemum - anthemis too I think - echinops, sanguisorba and ... Lovely.

A truly wild & technicolor wild flower meadow at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham

Hot and cool blending in this swathe of wild flower meadow at St Mary's University, Twickenham Campus. Just driving along between appointments and had to pull over to admire the display - as had other people too. A real treat and welcome break, especially as temperatures topped 25C this afternoon.  

Burning Daylight

The Duke's Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew A modestly sized garden, to be found behind the grass beds and beyond the Alpine House and Princess of Wales Conservatory. A wide lawn with deep, generous herbaceous borders enclosed behind tall brick walls. Impressive, bold block planting of some outstanding perennials including the brilliantly named daylily, Burning…