Taking a peek inside the Alpine House at RHS Wisley – and a scented meander down through the Rock Garden into Seven Acre Wood ….

A little peak inside the Alpine House which sits atop the Rock Garden in the RHS gardens at Wisley (the rose garden is behind, an allée of Bonsai trees to one side and the vegetable garden too, if you need to get your bearings. This is a traditional glasshouse where the plants are mostly displayed…

Dodging the showers for a kaleidoscope of flower and fruit – roses, camellias, hellebores, hollies, decorative leaf, bark and seedheads

The roses too continue to put on a good show, with some near perfect blooms - and other joys - I'm hoping the rain will stop so I can get in an afew hours in my  own garden this afternoon - there are dahlias to lift and a venerable banana to wrap up before the…

February made me shiver….

I am dreaming of Spring, mostly. There is a great deal to admire in February so I worry that we might wish the month away without appreciating what is looking - or giving - its best right now, or the quiet simplicity of our gardens stripped bare of all of the spring and summer fireworks…

Flowers and fragrance at RHS Wisley

Flower and fragrance - there is no lack of interest in the woodland at Wisley These images from the Wild Wood, an area bounded by the Alpine Meadow, Rock Garden and Seven Acres, with forays up the hill for the Iris (and into the Alpine House). You can almost hear the fresh growth popping on…

Battleston Hill – a walk on the woodland side…

The weather forecast isn't great for tomorrow, Saturday, but those careless of a bit of rain, could do worse than spend the time wandering through the winding paths of Battleston Hill, the woodland gardens at RHS Wisley in Surrey. I was there earlier this week, with my umbrella too, and was mesmerised by the colour…

Daphne in the woodland gardens at RHS Wisley

(above) Daphne bholua   (above) Daphne bholua Peter Smithers (more reliably evergreen than some, for example the more commonly available Jacqueline Postil which can drop many of its leaves after flowering) (above) Daphne odora Mae-Jima - with more gold than green (above) Daphne x hybrida Battleston Hill, a woodland garden of winding paths was rich…

Daphne bholua Alba

Daphne bholua 'Alba', the white flowered form of this intoxicatingly sweet scented shrub. Typically evergreen and growing 6' to 10' high, less in spread. Reading from Michael Dirr's Encyclopedia 'The Daphnes are great garden plants and several species offer the sweetest fragrance... Daphne culture is akin to voodoo medicine, and many different recommendations are given.…

Daphne bholua ‘Limpsfield’ at RHS Wisley

Daphne bholua 'Limpsfield', overlooking the glasshouse at RHS Wisley. Scent is so important to the winter garden. Many flowers are almost insignificant (Sarcoccoca for example) but pack a real olfactory punch. Daphne bholua, flowering now, have richly fragrant blossom and as you can see, are quite showy too. This is Daphne bholua 'Limpsfield' - photographed…