White Gardens, and Grey, and Green …

  Creating a White Garden ‘Green is the backdrop to the garden but in its range of shades and textures, green has much more to offer as any foreground interest. Grey dims, white brightens and greens, greys and white together will outlast the flash from coloured petals.’ Mary Keen These notes form the background to…

Spring-flowering bulbs for the Garden – many galleries and my notes for a Workshop …

I've a workshop planned this week as part of the School of Garden Inspiration syllabus at Petersham Nurseries. The subject is bulb planting in the garden, and more specifically, Spring-flowering bulbs that are available now for planting in the coming weeks and months. Some practical information and hopefully, some inspiration along the way. Without doubt,…

A gazillion Zinnias – the Trial Fields at RHS Wisley

Zinnias in abundance in the Trial Fields at RHS Wisley. Another over-bright afternoon - too sunny really to get the best out of these brightest of summer stars - but I was there and so were they, in great abundance too and stars many of them are, of the late summer border, still in the…

“We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself.”

“We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself.”  Brian Cox. Ah. Wrong 'Cosmos'... That other Cosmos is one of my very favourite 'filler' summer-flowering annuals -  I used it last year in the newly planted borders of the Roehampton garden, where it quickly provided colour and…