A long-overdue visit to the gardens of RHS Wisley – a riot of colour and scent this early May Day

Hawthorn, Bluebells, Azaleas and Rhododendrons, flowering Viburnums, a craft fair, tree-trunk sculpture, sunshine and fragrance. A fine start to a long-overdue visit to these gardens. Sunshine and a few scattered squalls, sometimes a bit over-bright for good photography, but glad to have made the effort to get out here today. The Craft Fair - huge -…

Spring-flowering bulbs for the Garden – many galleries and my notes for a Workshop …

I've a workshop planned this week as part of the School of Garden Inspiration syllabus at Petersham Nurseries. The subject is bulb planting in the garden, and more specifically, Spring-flowering bulbs that are available now for planting in the coming weeks and months. Some practical information and hopefully, some inspiration along the way. Without doubt,…

Roses at Petersham Nurseries – a little video blog

Two short videos featuring the roses within the Cutting Garden at Petersham Nurseries - Abraham Darby, The Alnwick Rose, Constance Spry, Veilchenblau, Boscobel, Eden Rose/Pierre de Ronsard, Reine des Violettes, Paul's Scarlet, Gertrude Jekyll, A Shropshire Lad, Falstaff, Rosa banksiae ... These last two are of the umbrella-frame-trained Rosa multiflora Platyphylla, or Seven Sisters. The…

A Bowl of Beauty – Roses and Clematis, perfect companions at Petersham Nurseries (and anywhere else for that matter ….)

The most fragrant Old Rose - though a modern incarnation, Gertrude Jekyll, with Munstead Wood, deep dark and redolent of blackcurrant and plum, and Reine de Violettes, with Eden Rose (Pierre de Ronsard) plu some amazing Clematis - Multi Blue, Cezanne, Giselle, Abilene ... more. A delightful way to showcase beautiful blooms ...Enjoy. A regularly…

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…

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…

While I’m putting the finishing touches to my Ark, a few roses to delight and some thoughts on fragrance …

Après nous, le deluge - part political statement, given the referendum today (and a potentially very glum statement too) and a reference to the storms, heavenly waterfalls and flashing light-shows last night. To calm my shattered nerves, a gallery of roses, photographs taken yesterday at Petersham Nurseries, in a rare few hours of 'dry' (look…

Old Rose, Tea, Fruit, Musk, Myrrh – fragrance & unlocking the secrets of the rose

This article is by Robert Calkin, originally published in The Royal National Rose Society Historic Rose Journal Autumn 2013. If you are not a member of the Historic Rose Group, articles such as these are just one reason to join! All the photography is mine. The weather this afternoon is so foul, I've enjoyed the…

“I love snorting Roses” – Michael Marriott, Roses & David Austin

More research for a talk later this week and the room here at TG Central is strewn with rose books - thirty of them? Forty? What to include, what to leave out - heading off into all manner of topics and side-alleys and bookmarking pieces to read when I have more leisure.. (when,  exactly?) And then…