Sneezeweed

Though I couldn't find a plant label for this magnificent stand of Heleniums in the Duke's Garden at Kew, it is most likely Sahin's Early Flowerer, with an Award of Garden Merit. Long ray florets are a mixture of yellow and brownish red in irregular streaks and surround a brown centre and it flowers from…

Blue Fin Roof Garden, community gardens, Wren churches and The Temple.

As part of London Open Garden Squares Weekend, the roof garden at the Blue Fin Building (IPC Media) on Southwark Street was opened and provided a real treat, a surprising garden and panoramic views across London.40m/ten storeys up above London's streets, it is a substantial terrace on three sides of this distinctive building, with extensive…

A garden re-fresh, Duchess of Cornwall, English Roses and Other Plants

All my la-di-da with photographs and tours around botanic gardens... I'm scrubbing the composted manure from beneath my fingernails this evening! Some time in the garden for a family with a couple of Big Birthday celebrations coming up and a little TLC on their front-garden-front needed. I've already planted out the garden at the back…

New planting schemes and new plans

I've been working on a new project, a Strawberry Hill garden in a triangular plot, with circular lawn, mellow brick boundary walls, NW facing, a beautiful camellia and mature cherry. And lots of new, deep loamy soil. Just me and the planting. I will photograph it in a month or so, once the plants bed…

Ham House & Gardens

On this first day of spring, with a gusty southerly wind blowing along the Thames, an opportunity to call into Ham House & Gardens. We've been neighbours since moving to Teddington in 2000 and the gardens are a familiar haunt - but it was only last year that the interiors were explored. They are a…

Perennial refresher course…

I've spent much time these past two days (while the sun shone beautifully outside) on a perennial plant 'refresher' course. Past projects, books and t'internet to hand. The winter months parade by and suddenly - spring springs up on you, or very soon will. Time to bring to mind the joys of the herbaceous palette, as well…