Thug, the Petersham Cat. Supervising new seed delivery and burgeoning propagation operations!

Following the sun around the Glasshouse and testing out one or two of the cardboard boxes which brought great numbers of Thomas Etty flower, herb and vegetable seeds to the Nursery. A tough day for Thug, the Petersham Nurseries Cat... I've already added to my seed collection with borage (blue and white), more cosmos, more…

Cobaea scandens – the cup and saucer vine with an eye on world domination

Cobaea scandens - the cup and saucer vine - is more commonly found with creamy-green-to-rich purple-fading-to-pale-lavender flowers though also in a ghostly white. Tender here in the UK, it is grown as an annual though these examples, in the Cutting Garden at Petersham Nurseries, survived through the mild and wet winter and continued to grow…

A flower or two, a little rain and some verse by Longfellow

A damp day at Petersham but the hardy gardener was undaunted and the plants were looking fine - the Cutting Garden has swelled quite noticeably, just in the week while I was away up North in t'Yorkshire - with more and more dahlias, sunflowers, twining vines, sweet peas, cosmos... A fine time to take some…