A return to the gardens of RHS Wisley – a riot of colour and scent (well it will be and most definitely was last year)

Closed still of course, so a look back to a tour I did this time last year. These photos bring it right back into focus, and I can so clearly remember the paths and turns taken. Fresh greens, bright flowers and scent. Enjoy.   Hawthorn, Bluebells, Azaleas and Rhododendrons, flowering Viburnums, a craft fair, tree-trunk…

A long-overdue visit to the gardens of RHS Wisley – a riot of colour and scent this early May Day

Hawthorn, Bluebells, Azaleas and Rhododendrons, flowering Viburnums, a craft fair, tree-trunk sculpture, sunshine and fragrance. A fine start to a long-overdue visit to these gardens. Sunshine and a few scattered squalls, sometimes a bit over-bright for good photography, but glad to have made the effort to get out here today. The Craft Fair - huge -…

If you go down to the Bluebell woods…

The bluebells are out at Wisley, littering the woodland floor with cyan blue - I was thinking just how much it would cost - in time and money - for us gardeners to recreate the scene when Nature seems to manage quite happily by herself. So much of the gardens at Wisley are tended and…

Bluebell woods – and more – at Emmetts Garden in Kent

Bluebell Woods at Emmetts Garden in Kent There is always a frisson of excitement about a woodland floor, carpeted with a shimmer of bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) - areas of deeper or dappled shade intensifying the blue, brighter shafts of sunshine creating a lighter haze. Emmetts Gardens, a National Trust property close to Sevenoaks, sits a-top…