Marmite, Poodles and Sunflowers

A lovely warm September day and the sunflowers in the Cutting Garden at Petersham Nurseries were glowing as I left for the day. Towering above the not insubstantial dahlias, cosmos, lavatera, zinnia, verbena bonariensis, remnants of sweet peas and so much more, there are several varieties planted - I picked out two here, a tawny…

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…

Bring me Sunshine (reprise) with Sunflowers from the Cutting Garden

These sunflowers have come on a-pace in the last few weeks, and have put on height and a grand floral display that will continue until the frosts - and beyond - the blackening seedheads will be a structural element to the cutting garden as well as a wildlife food resource as the seeds ripen. Bright…

Dahlias, Cosmos, Sweet Peas, Verbena, Veronicastrum, Cobaea scandens, Sunflowers, Ammi majus, Crocosmia, Zinnia, Roses galore – and Me

A little flower arranging - of the 'where they fall' variety, like spillikins, but with the freshest of ingredients. The Cutting Garden at Petersham Nurseries, a floral powerhouse.

The Cutting Garden at Petersham Nurseries – from Zero to Hero in four months

↑ 20th February.. ↓ 27th June.... and there is still a way to go... the Babylon dahlias have yet to come fully into their stride, and I will continue to watch with wonder as new plants rise up, planting combinations surprise and delight; this long border will continue to be a productive cutting garden until…

A Day at Petersham – beautiful foxgloves and roses, alliums and Queen Anne’s Lace – and a gurning horse?

Digitalis (Foxgloves) providing some excitement in these displays - as it does in the garden - with more spires and spikes provided by Salvia Caradonna and, just coming into flower, Aconitum napellus in white. Ceanothus (Californian Lilac) adds more blue to the mix, with bright orange bringing the scheme to life - this is Geum…