A late-September taste of the gardens at RHS Wisley

A mid-week, late morning, late September tour of the RHS Gardens at Wisley. Blue skies peppered liberally with white clouds (today was a brighter, warmer clearer-skies day than yesterday, but probably overbright for my photographic skills so here we are ...) It is still quite definitely late summer, rather than full-on Autumn. Very few of…

Follow me as I tour the gardens at RHS Wisley – grasses and bananas, the Glasshouse (tropics and desert) and dry borders, fruit fields and a fragrant rose garden …

You've walked with me from the entrance at RHS Wisley through to the grass borders, across to the tropical border with towering bananas and cannas and past the dogwood collection (with willows and rubus) which are green green green at the moment but in winter are a forest of ruby, gold, scarlet, black and bone…

Love your Apples and Pears: Winter Fruit Tree Pruning – Formative, Regular, Renovation and Rejuvenation

Care of apples and pears and a winter pruning guide   We are looking at fruit trees - apples and pears just now - and specifically winter care, pruning and management. Young trees, old trees, productive trees and lost souls alike. We have a lot of ground to cover here but don't panic, we can…

Boxing Day Greetings

Boxing Day and a brief hush before the next round of hospitality. The apples in the foreground, small brightly-red baubles, are Cocket's Red - windfalls from the orchards at RHS Wisley collected on Christmas Eve. Fragrant, crisp, lilac-scented fruits only a tad larger than a golf ball and rich ruby-red. The two named trees at…

All you ever wanted to know about rootstocks: Hounslow Wonder and other apples (reprise)

Another outing for this article, originally posted in August, but even more timely now... Locally, the RHS Taste of Autumn Show is on at Wisley from the 16th to 20th October - for more information, follow the link - http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Wisley/What-s-on/Taste-of-Autumn An apple a day... 'Tis the season, almost, of mellow fruitfulness and home-grown fruit has…

Hounslow Wonder and other apples….

An apple a day... 'Tis the season, almost, of mellow fruitfulness and home-grown fruit has to be one of the best rewards for our gardening efforts. If you haven't already made room in your plot for a fruit tree, now is the time to start thinking about what kind of tree, which variety and doing…