The shady garden in summer and autumn… beginning an A-Z

  I had been preparing for a workshop covering the possibilities for gardening in a little - or a lot - of shade and put together the gallery last year to illustrate some of the contenders that anyone tackling such a proposition might entertain. A perennial question, this, what to plant, planting combination and health…

The shady garden in summer and into autumn … beginning an A-Z

  I'm preparing for a workshop covering the possibilities for gardening in a little - or a lot - of shade and have begun to put together the gallery (above, but more to come) to illustrate some of the contenders that anyone tackling such a proposition might entertain. Damp shade and dry shade, dappled shade…

A Celebration of Snowdrops (and a few more choice beauties) at the RHS London Early Spring Show

Well this is either going to be your thing, or not - one huge gallery of snowdrops from the RHS Early Spring Show in the Horticultural Halls in London which ran over the past couple of days. Harveys Garden Plants uppermost, and W&S Lockyer providing the most excitement. A few Hippeastrums in there too from…

A little Kew Miscellany – everything else from a chill Tuesday in January (or Heraldic Beasts and where to find them)

Just mopping up with the remainder of the photographs taken last week when I headed off to Kew Gardens, warmed up in the Princess of Wales Conservatory and then joined the 'Meet the Experts' tour talking all things Snowdrop. A random selection though I wish you could take in the delicious fragrance from the Chimonanthus…

Teddington Gardener Review of the Year – January 2014 – at Wisley and Kew. Winter breaks early.

JANUARY - Hamamelis x intermedia Orange Peel Cornus alba Sibirica in container displays at Wisley Rhododendron nobleanum Album Prunus himalaica Hydrangea paniculata Galanthus elwesii Sarcococca confusa Dogwoods at Kew and the Alpine House from the Grass Borders Galanthus elwesii at Kew and Berberis (below) Chimonathus praecox Grandiflorus Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis and Chaenomeles speciosa at the…

Edgworthia chrysantha – my favourite

Edgworthia chrysantha The tightly-closed, felt-grey buds of this gorgeous shrub have opened to reveal their sunny side and clove-scented pompoms smother the bare stems. No need to add more as I have talked about this beauty many times before - just look it up in the search box in the side bar. If you do…

Edgeworthia chrysantha

Edgeworthia chrysantha - an annual pilgrimage A particular plant that I have sought out year after year on the lower slopes of Battleston Hill, the woodland gardens at RHS Wisley, though there are others (against the House, by the water lily canal and the red-flowered form further on into the woodland). Felt-grey padded chrysanthemums, each…

Edgworthia chrysantha

There is a particular plant I always look out for, on a lower path on Battleston Hill within the RHS Gardens at Wisley and I'm always superbly pleased to see it in flower, starry and bright, with clove-like fragrance. Anticipating the flowers, it is also lovely in bud, on upwardly ascending bare stems: miniature, silky…