Virginia Water in Autumn

A walk around the whole of Virginia Water, from The Savill Garden, past ruins and totem poles, cascades and beneath glorious autumn colour. Low, slanting sun, blue skies, golden foliage... Rejuvenating! http://www.theroyallandscape.co.uk/gardens-and-landscape/virginia-water/

The Savill Garden in Autumn (Part 4)

http://www.theroyallandscape.co.uk/gardens-and-landscape/the-savill-garden/ Please do look through their own website and if you are anywhere near, any time of year, go visit! There you are - the final installment from The Savill Garden, this afternoon. OK, I confess, I did continue around the vastness of Virginia Water, but those photographs come later...

Sweet Charity

Mahonia x media Charity Well, actually, I know that the two close-ups are the named variety Charity - the other photograph was taken in the Woodland Garden at Kew and was too far into the border for me to make out a label. I'm certain there was one - they are sticklers for labelling but…

From Japanese Maples to a lone Japanese Anemone…

Japanese Anemone It pays to pay attention to your own garden - especially when you've been so busy or the weather has been against you, or the newly dark evenings have caught you by surprise. Perhaps, like me, you have been anxious to take in the show at Wisley or Kew (replace with your own…

A touch of orange – Dahlia David Howard

Dahlia David Howard, among grasses and late flowering salvias, catching the November sun.. The dahlias are almost over - the inevitable frosts are heading our way, to blacken the foliage and signal the time to lift and protect the tubers until next spring. This particular variety, compact and with already dark leaves and small, beautifully…

Antique Shades

Viola Antique Shades - one of my favourites This, from the excellent Seedaholics website... Some unbelievably coloured violas have come on the market in recent years with little notice. Most gardeners pass up these rugged, cool-season performers in favour of their larger cousins, the pansies. But don't be in too much of a hurry to…

Live and let die…

Piet Oudolf Borders at RHS Wisley Much that one can say about prairie style planting and especially the combination of grasses with late season perennials, is that the show doesn't stop when the blooms die and the rot sets in - add low, slanting sun, a stiff breeze for animation and later, frost and snow…

Shades of Autumn III

A final slideshow featuring the floral exhibits at the RHS Shades of Autumn Show at the Horticultural Halls, which ran over two days earlier this week. I had been a little disappointed with the Spring shows this year and was in two minds as to whether I should make the (modest) effort to go up…