Nymans, pure Romance …

  Lockdown continues and these gardens, as are all, are closed to the public and so it is back to the archives and this collection of photographs from early May last year. I've brought it forward as the Wisteria has really taken to the warm days we have enjoyed this past few weeks and is…

Nymans, pure Romance …

  After dropping my Sister- and Mother- in law off at Gatwick Airport, a short drive down the M23 to Nymans, a National Trust Property of great charm. Romantic ruins, beautiful gardens, far reaching views across woodland and downs, formal gardens and naturalistic, some tragedy, some infamy, quite a lot of beauty. Sadly too early…

April is the cruellest month ….

  A poetic diversion, since the first lines had been running around my head and, down the rabbit hole, the rest had to follow ... The Waste Land T S Eliot I. The Burial of the Dead                 April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring…

The sun has got his hat on and – simmering in the heat – here are a just a few things that caught my eye today #floralmonday

A view from Petersham Nurseries – hot sun, blue skies and a wander through perennials, roses and the Cutting Garden

And a look at a few of the Aquilegias we have... Hot, hot, hot, today, sun and blue skies over this part of Arcadia, and here - a glimpse of some of the plants and floral displays that caught my eye today. The Cutting Garden seems to be quadrupling in flower-power every week and this…

Centaurea ‘Amethyst on Ice’

A rather lovely form of knapweed, Centaurea montana Amethyst on Ice, with contrasting inner, and longer, outer florets. Perennial cornflowers prefer sun, poorer soils and good drainage, lime too. I'm looking forward to seeing an all 'black' flowered form, the name of which entirely escapes me at the moment....