A guide to spring-flowering bulbs in the garden – planting ideas from January to May in kaleidoscopic style

  Bulbs in the spring garden. The text and images are timely in this piece, looking through the late winter and spring months January through to May, though it was originally written for a September story when the bulbs and corms would be available for planting. There are practical tips and hints planting of course,…

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,…

A very colourful April, this year, at Petersham Nurseries – springtime bulbs pretty much everywhere …

A few images from April 2018 featuring the Cutting Garden and Petersham House Gardens and more specifically the bulbs planted in great parallel swathes in the working Cutting Garden and then more expansively throughout the gardens of the House itself. A memory-jogger for me, given my workshop on Spring Bulbs together but boy, has it…

In the Garden Shop & Cutting Garden at Petersham Nurseries …

Tender, tropical houseplants inside the Garden Shop and elsewhere, early perennials, bulbs, flowering shrubs and spring colour. A few, random, images from Petersham Nurseries last week. We've had glorious sunshine (well, yesterday at least), so expecting the Cutting Garden to be even more verdant, more colourful and probably about a foot taller too. We're about…

Spring colour-bombs a riverside Nursery (can you guess which one?)

Flowers inside and out, flowers everywhere -  and a few grateful bees to feast on the early Spring bounty. A kaleidoscope of colour, bright, bold, brash and beautiful but we forgive this extravagant generosity - nothing clashes in the garden at this time of year, as the new season unfolds in our gardens. It's welcome antidote…

My day in just 12 pictures – well it would have been more, but the Parrot Tulips have already had their moment…

Fritillaria persica (above) Camassia (below) Reminding me that it is still officially Spring - a golden display of narcissus and below, another softly-shaded tulip. I must ask for the name. (above) The flower buds from the Isaac Newton Apple Tree (see earlier post) and (below) the goblet-bloom of Magnolia soulangeana The Regal Pelargoniums have arrived,…

The RHS Great London Plant Fair 2014 – Gold Medal Fritillaries

Fritillaria persica, on the Jacques Armand International exhibit - with quite a collection of fritillaries on display F. paddeana against F. imperialis lutea (above) Fritillaris crassifolia Wisley (above) F. sewerzowii (above and below) A fine collection of Imperial fritillaries in orange and yellow Also on the Jacques Armand exhibit, other Spring flowering bulbs - and…

Delighting in a Petersham Spring Garden

Today, at Petersham Nurseries: The Cutting Garden Spring bulbs scenting the air and with a palette of blue, white, lemon, palest pink, apricot, ruby and gold. Much more to come.. Meanwhile, Pear trees are blooming and it certainly feels like Spring Prunus subhirtella Fukubana, cherry blossom (below) Cheal's Weeping Cherry, Prunus Kiku-Shidare-Zakura (below) A beautifully…