Things that caught my eye today – Ideas to brighten up the garden in July, August and beyond ….

Firstly a few from home this evening - I'm particularly pleased with the lilies in the front garden, wafting their intoxicating fragrance for weeks now - and the bright blue Campanula Blue Octopus, flowering for over a month. Then (below) more from my day at Petersham Nurseries. Plenty of colour as we move into midsummer…

A few things that caught my eye today – Petersham Nurseries – flower therapy and a quote from Cabaret, what more do you need?

Flower therapy, this. From Petersham Nurseries today.  To quote from Cabaret - 'Leave your troubles outside, So- life is disappointing? Forget it! We have no troubles here! Here life is beautiful... ' After this you can go back to Brexit/Conservative Leadership/Chilcot Report/Euro 2016/24HourNews/Emails... 'What good's permitting some prophet of doom To wipe every smile away…

I’m singing in the rain/ Just singing in the rain/ What a glorious feelin’ I’m happy again/ I’m laughing at clouds/ So dark up above/ The sun’s in my heart/ And I’m ready for … roses, dahlias, beautiful perennials

Enough rain today to satisfy Dr Foster, on his way to Gloucester - but here at Petersham, it made some rather beautiful plants even more beautiful - roses of course, the first of the dahlias (and my apologies for not noting their names - next time I'll look at the Cutting  Garden Plan), and a…

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…

Five pictures to brighten a wet Monday… cosmos, sunflowers, violas, zinnias in orbit – and Thug, the Petersham Cat….

The cosmos are still floating around at head height, self-supporting and with ferny-filmy foliage - they have just kept on going and going this season with more to come... Likewise the sunflowers have had a great season, though their flower power is slowing down and much seed is being set. The zinnias, another late season…

Heroic herbaceous planting at RHS Wisley – early autumn fireworks

The double mixed/herbaceous borders at RHS Wisley in Surrey. A grand symphony! And there is still more to come, with asters just flushing into life to add more rich blue, vioet and purple to the mix. And in the adjacent Country Garden, just as much going on this early September. If you haven't been to…

“We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself.”

“We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself.”  Brian Cox. Ah. Wrong 'Cosmos'... That other Cosmos is one of my very favourite 'filler' summer-flowering annuals -  I used it last year in the newly planted borders of the Roehampton garden, where it quickly provided colour and…

Rose Munstead Wood (English Rose, David Austin)

One of my favourite English Roses, Munstead Wood (named after Gertrude Jekyll's home and garden in Surrey). A dramatic, rich deep and velvety crimson with good fragrance. Flowers - large in size and cupped at first, the colour deepens as the flower matures and we get a glimpse of the stamens amongst the petals. Practically…