A return to Mottisfont Abbey; an Old Rose Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage to these gardens, for which, so far as the roses are concerned, we have Graham Stuart Thomas to thank principally and for the last 40+ years, the National Trust for preserving and enhancing his original collection of Old Roses. Mottisfont holds the National Collection of Shrub Roses. I met Jonny Bass, the head…

June, in an English garden bordering Richmond Park

and my summer containers, barely a month planted up - some large terracotta pots and about 8 smaller, though still sizeable, Chelsea planters in complimentary colours. and a shallow bowl of house leeks, Sempervivens, in flower...