In the Garden Shop & Cutting Garden at Petersham Nurseries …

Tender, tropical houseplants inside the Garden Shop and elsewhere, early perennials, bulbs, flowering shrubs and spring colour. A few, random, images from Petersham Nurseries last week. We've had glorious sunshine (well, yesterday at least), so expecting the Cutting Garden to be even more verdant, more colourful and probably about a foot taller too. We're about…

A technicolor Easter … Ranunculus and Streptocarpus for a bright and beautiful weekend –

A few Persian jewels for the Easter weekend, Ranunculus ... and a few Streptocarpus - and a couple of Aquilegias - Enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend, whatever the weather ...

Petersham Nurseries – Glorious flowers for a wedding and other beauties that caught my eye today (Agapanthus, Alliums, a Blackbird, Camassia, Corydalis, Cosmos, Euphorbia, Geum, Iris, a Viburnum called Watanabe)

A wedding being celebrated in the Nurseries today and my talented florist-colleagues Thomas Broom-Hughes and Flora Lawson have been busy creating these beautiful displays. Worthy of more than a few photographs I should say. The Cutting Garden provided an opportunity for a few 'captures' this evening too, as I left Petersham Nurseries. While the new…

A return to Mottisfont Abbey; an Old Rose Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage to these gardens, for which, so far as the roses are concerned, we have Graham Stuart Thomas to thank principally and for the last 40+ years, the National Trust for preserving and enhancing his original collection of Old Roses. Mottisfont holds the National Collection of Shrub Roses. I met Jonny Bass, the head…

A kaleidoscope of colour, coming to a garden near you…

So much colour exploding in our gardens now that winter is loosening its grip and Spring is given a chance - longer days, some sunshine but still chill nights and cool temperatures yet ... the sap is rising, buds are bursting into leaf and blossom and the woodland floor is a bright mosaic of primroses,…

and the final few from an April afternoon at RHS Wisley…

Violas and wallflowers in a very successful partnership. The viola is Etain, a particularly hardworking plant that will be in flower from spring through to autumn, needing little care other than regular watering and clipping back if it gets too leggy. I shall be copying this next year. Meanwhile, some flamingo pink in the gardens…

Random pictures from a Bank Holiday Monday – blossom & blooms at Petersham

Semiaquilegia Sugar Plum Fairy Clematis montana (below) Blossom from our Isaac Newton Apple Tree Anisodontea Large Magenta (below) Lilac Pink Magic somethingorother Aquilegia (below) Lilac and Viburnum Statement Hydrangeas Cow parsley, tulips, clematis montana, honesty, Fritillary persica... A lamp and a vase (two vases) Camassia and Fritillary persica in the cutting garden Clematis alpina Helsingborg…

Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila ‘Atlantis’, if you please

Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila 'Atlantis' (Dwarf fan-shaped columbine 'Atlantis') A short (30cm) aquilegia with these very appealing bi-coloured blooms, with short spurs and glaucous foliage. I'm much happier with this plant than with the State Series aquilegias I saw last spring - big plants , OK, but flowers on steroids, not for me. I'm sure…