B for Begonia

Begonia Fireworks, part of a small display in the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley. Reminds me that I rather like them and should find room for one, or three, at home. I overheard a customer just this last week commenting on how tolerant of, how shall I say, a regime of benign neglect they can be.…

The Gardener’s Enquire Within – Tasks and Interest for the month of May

The Gentlemen of Amateur Gardening and their Jubilee Souvenir I am thinking of the month ahead - May - and what jobs we gardener's can look forward to as the earth continues to tilt towards summer. I'm looking at a vaguely antiquarian book called The Gardener's Enquire Within, which seems to have something to do…

Time for a bit of colour – Zygopetalum Orchid

Cold and moderately wet, still - and little to entice you out and and in to the garden - so best to enjoy houseplants and glasshouses and conservatories and indoor-iness generally. Zygopetalum are orchids that last in flower almost as long as the more common Phalaenopsis (moth orchids) but with a touch more drama. The…

Piet Oudolf & Tom Stuart-Smith at Wisley

We've been here before, the double borders created by Piet Oudolf at Wisley, combining perennials with grasses, wave after wave - and the equally dramatic planting around the lake, concentric arcs of repeated blocks, catching the low autumn sun. The Piet Oudolf Borders pre-date the Glasshouse and are relatively mature now, evolving along their considerable…