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…

A fragrance by any other name

Jude the Obscure - with a strong citrus scent, fruity, with guavas and white wine 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!…

The Nation’s Favourite Rose

Gertrude Jekyll, one of the most scented David Austin roses. If nothing else in your garden is fragrant, Gertie is more than up to the job. A proper Old Rose fragrance, so no surprises, but always winning praise for the strength and depth of the perfume. Comte de Chambord is one parent, a little more…

May I present Lady Emma Hamilton…

To quote Bruce Forsyth, "You're my favourite". My favourite David Austin rose, Lady Emma Hamilton. If Mr Austin wanted to extend the colour range of the Old Roses (out of pink, more pink, white, purple) into new territory, he must be proud of this rose - a molten tangerine-orange exterior with a pure gold interior,…