A few days …. all manner of early autumn – should I say late summer despite the current chill Bank Holiday weekend ahead? – herbaceous-ness, roses, dahlias, sunflower, more herbaceous perennials, heuchera and Solenostemon (finishing up with Crinkly Bottom….). 2015 here we come …

  Once more wandering through the archives of garden-visiting, photography and plant inspecting - at RHS Wisley right at the beginning of September in 2015 (four days hence and five years back). These gardens are not entirely the same now, in design, layout and content (what garden is?) but suspect that many of the plants…

A Kew Gardens Miscellany – the Roses (some flower, lots of hips), a glide through the Davies Alpine House and of course, some autumn leafery (see the Ginkgos) …

An unexpected bit of free time today and lo! A parking space by the Victoria Gate which meant I had to stop - and (first things first) smell the roses. Gertrude Jekyll, Stanwell Perpetual and Madame Isaac Pereire brought High Summer right back on a mostly overcast mid-November day. Soul food. From the Rose Garden,…

More roses – can I be this good to you? Part Two, this time from the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden at RHS Wisley

As promised - and be careful what you wish for in future - a grand gallery of roses captured yesterday in the riot of colour that is the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden at RHS Wisley in Surrey. The newer of two rose gardens, this features wide, broad and ascending (or descending) paths with generous steps,…

A few days …. all manner of early autumn herbaceous-ness, roses, dahlias, sunflower, more herbaceous perennials, heuchera and Solenostemon (finishing up with Crinkly Bottom….)

a little late summer turning to autumn herbaceousness for your delight and delectation.... It has been a few days since my last blog entry and I have been busy working, gardening and photographing. A new camera has already improved the picture offering I think, with more natural and realistic colours. With file sizes between 10MG…

The Savill Garden and Windsor Great Park – summer cycling and a picnic, roses, dry gardens, shady glades and boggy bits, castles, lakes and wide open spaces

The Savill Garden was our first port of call today, an impressive collection of gardens within the larger vision of Windsor Great Park. I wanted to have a look at the rose garden in particular, a swirling design of tapering interlocking beds, the colour of the roses intensifying towards the centre (peaking with Munstead Wood,…

Just a few roses…

and finally, Grace, once more. These are all in the original rose garden at Wisley, small-ish, enclosed, formal beds filled with many kinds of shrub roses and some climbers. Symmetrical and balanced with pretty much no other planting save for the roses. By contrast, the Bowes-Lyons rose garden, which is much more expansive, mixes roses…

Roses, of course, and other floral delights for Thursday

The rich red of Tess of the D'Urbervilles, against a tapestry of blackberry and plum tones from the Penstemons,  dark leaves of one hydrangea and the  cranberry flowers of Pink Annabelle. These might not all be bedfellows in your border, but the colour associations can still be made. Tess is one of David Austin's Fragrant…

Almost, nearly there: David Austin’s finest – the promise of a good year for the roses?

This time last year, nothing. Barely a bud, nothing even closely resembling a flower. The month-long Sub-Zero ºC that was March 2013 put back the roses until July. This year, after a mild winter and some early sunshine (and the possibility of a long warm summer), I think it will be a good year for…