More roses – can I be this good to you? Part Two, this time from the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden at RHS Wisley

As promised - and be careful what you wish for in future - a grand gallery of roses captured yesterday in the riot of colour that is the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden at RHS Wisley in Surrey. The newer of two rose gardens, this features wide, broad and ascending (or descending) paths with generous steps,…

Q… K for Kew – an hour through the woodland, family beds and rock garden…

Aconitum Bicolor (below)   From here, we leave the Family Beds borders and step into the Rock Garden (bypassing the superb Salvia Borders are there is still a long way to go before they look at their best - October at least) First, this extravagant show of seedheads which at first I took for Pulsatilla...…

A horticultural hotch-potch from RHS Wisley, ending the first visit this week to these extraordinary gardens (I returned the following day for another 6 hour marathon….)

The King and Queen (Henry Moore) looking down the Lily Pond, with a carpet of Agapanthus Castle of Mey at their feet And so ends my first visit to RHS Wisley in almost three months but I think I made a good job of photographing it to death! Plenty more to explore and I returned…

Evening sunshine – exploring some cooler tones for the late summer border

Anemone hupehensis praecox (above) and Bressingham Glow (below) Dahlia Cornish Ruby (below) New from David Austin for 2014/15, their repeat flowering Rambler rose, Lady of the Lake. Love it. (below) Astrantia Roma, against a background of Agastache (above) Caryopteris Dark Knight (below), a very useful sub-shrub, with long-lasting blue flowers and silvery foliage. A mecca…

My ‘200th Post’ Gallery

A snapshot of my day - beautiful plants some good weather some wet and worse - and some particularly vindictive gusting of winds bunting (before the aforementioned destroyed same) and here it is, my 200th post. Thank you, truly, for taking the time to look at this and any of the first one hundred and…