A return to Penshurst Place and Gardens, Kent – and this time (well, pretty much exactly this time last year) we definitely have peonies ….

A return, after a years' absence, to the walled gardens at Penshurst Place in Kent. Well, a trip down memory lane but one definitely worth travelling down again. This time around, the famed 100m long peony border was looking fine, colourful and fragrant, growing lush and up through the wire grid, and with a long…

A return to Penshurst Place and Gardens, Kent – and this time we definitely have peonies ….

A return, after a years' absence, to the walled gardens at Penshurst Place in Kent. This time around, the famed 100m long peony border was looking fine, colourful and fragrant, growing lush and up through the wire grid, and with a long way to go before it will run out of steam. With the rain…

When is a plant just a plant? (Bring me sunshine…)

Bring me sunshine, enjoy the plants (so much more than plants aren't they?) and pardon me - never mind the bo@@ocks! Bring Me Sunshine - Lyrics by Sylvia Dee Bring me Sunshine, in your smile, Bring me laughter, all the while, In this world where we live, there should be more happiness, So much joy…

A truly wild & technicolor wild flower meadow at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham

Hot and cool blending in this swathe of wild flower meadow at St Mary's University, Twickenham Campus. Just driving along between appointments and had to pull over to admire the display - as had other people too. A real treat and welcome break, especially as temperatures topped 25C this afternoon.  

California dreaming (no lyrics this time)

The Californian poppy, Eschscholzia, blooming its head off in one of the Alpine Houses at the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Wisley, Surrey. I remember that our neighbour (in Olden Times), Mr and Mrs Greenall, grew these very successfully in north London - their garden wrapped around the corner of the road - a closely…