RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 – the show gardens, the great pavillion, the roses and … well, pretty much everything

From my walk through Chelsea, to the very last moment - a few hours in the company of the world's greatest flower show....

The Rose Garden at Kew. Vital still in November ….

Remember Remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder, treason and.... Roses? This floriferous rose garden certainly has other ideas about a quiet slide into senescence, leaf-drop and rose-hips - these are flower-packed shrubs with more to come. Colour, fragrance aplenty and fresh, clean leaves in abundance. A remarkable display given it really is November and hardly…

Autumn Pruning …

I've an 'Introduction to Pruning' workshop to present tomorrow so I'm all about secateurs and shrubs; loppers, ladders and most importantly, looking; and climbers; roses, of course; a foray fruit trees - and trees generally; a touch of soft fruit if there is time. The dead, diseased and dying, and timing. Safety, very importantly. And…

David Austin Roses HQ at Albrighton – a study trip from Petersham Nurseries

  My esteemed colleagues from Petersham Nurseries, Noriko and Deborah from the Green Team and Andrea from Visual Merchandising (green)  - joined me - and drove yesterday together for a couple of hours up (and down) the M40/M6/M42/M54 to David Austin HQ and their impressive 2-acre rose gardens in Albrighton, Shropshire to see how they…

Postcards from Shropshire – Part 6 and a final look at David Austin Roses (including roses in containers)

The Patio Garden Our patio garden features English specimen roses in a variety of large, decorative terracotta planters. English Roses, with their gracefully rounded, shrubby growth, are ideal for growing in this way. They bring character and interest to the gravelled area around the Plant Centre and their beautiful, deliciously fragrant flowers can be easily…

Postcards from Shropshire – Chapter 5 from David Austin Roses – The Lion Garden

The Lion Garden The Lion Garden has been redesigned and the sculpture moved to create a focal point. Four long borders mingle shrub roses, including many English Roses, with herbaceous perennials, creating a wonderful contrast of colour, form, texture and scent. The borders are punctuated by magnificent standard roses, which add height and structure to…

Postcards from Shropshire – a fourth helping from David Austin Roses (stay with me folks…)

The Renaissance Garden The National Collection of English Roses is held in the gardens at Albrighton. The Renaissance Garden is perhaps the most beautiful of all the gardens, and is devoted to English Roses. These roses start flowering in late May and continue right through to the frosts of early winter. This lovely garden demonstrates…

Postcards from Shropshire – third helpings from David Austin Roses

A return through the Long Garden - the unusual feature of these photographs is of course the sunshine and blue skies - the Divine smiling on these roses and me, a humble if enthusiastically photographing acolyte ... The Long Garden The Long Garden forms the central core of the rose garden, with the other gardens…

Postcards from Shropshire – Seconds from David Austin Roses

Like I said, an Inventory ... The Victorian Walled Garden The Victorian Walled Garden is a formal garden made up of three circular borders, which diminish in width towards the centre. They are planted with English Roses and other repeat-flowering shrub roses. The focal point of the garden is the large central stone carving. Visitors can…