A guide to spring-flowering bulbs in the garden – planting ideas from January to May in kaleidoscopic style

  Bulbs in the spring garden. The text and images are timely in this piece, looking through the late winter and spring months January through to May, though it was originally written for a September story when the bulbs and corms would be available for planting. There are practical tips and hints planting of course,…

Colour on a dull day, just not today: A banquet-kaleidoscope-smorgasbord-gallimaufry of early Spring colour and scent … (or Where’s Thug?)

  Another look through the Teddington Gardener Archives, mid-March 2016, and as the title says, a jumble of images, woodland and glasshouse, Wisley and Kew and a welcome reminder of Thug, the Petersham Cat, still missed.   Ah, well, you've got me - one huge gallery of images and barely a note to cover the…

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 few things that caught my eye – lots and lots of Acers and a kaleidoscopic ‘A to V’ (not quite Z) of both herbaceous and shrubbery loveliness …

Some rather gorgeous Acers here, just plumping up for the season ahead with much colour and fine forms to admire. A collection that absolutely caught my eye along with the next little selection ... an Anchusa to Viburnum alphabet of nearly-summer beauties -

A banquet-kaleidoscope-smorgasbord-gallimaufry of early Spring colour and scent … (or Where’s Thug?)

Ah, well, you've got me - one huge gallery of images and barely a note to cover the 'who, what, why, where and when' of it all - The 'where'will be at Kew and Wisley and a few points in between, including those deliciously cool crocus on my own front step, delicately rain-dropped and rather…

Batty about Bedding

Primulas and violas, anemones and all manner of potted spring bulbs are colouring the nursery benches these days, bright jewel colours, soft pastels, every possible rainbow hue. Check out my recent tweets for plenty more contenders, perfect for lifting the spirits and invigorating spring container displays.

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham and other Violas….

In a pot of lovely but quite ordinary and diminutive bedding violas, an interloper of more considerable character. A little detective work now to see if it is a named variety... Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham perhaps? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/3346277/Winter-pansies-and-violas-How-to-grow.html

Just a dash of yellow…

Yellow polyanthus, providing some relief from the concentrations of hellebores that are the subject of many recent posts. More Hellebores will there be, but in the meantime, a pause for a dash of yellow, tempered by fresh green foliage. On balance, the yellow primroses and polyanthus are more likely to be scented (closer to the…