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!…

Nice Pictures…

These pictures will have to suffice for now - snapped today, quite beautiful, with buds that will carry on the show for weeks to come.  I really do know quite a lot about them (David Austin all, save Jacques Cartier, a magpie in the nest, which is a true Old Rose) but may I refer…

An English Rose… and another…

A whole lot of David Austin - not much writing, but plenty of pictures for this Friday night. Grace David Austin rose, Grace, with distinctive quilled petals. One of the shorter bush roses and also excellent in a container. Princess Anne A rose of exceptional health, immune to powdery mildew and blackspot and flowering in…

Thank you, Mr Austin

Friday Gallery - Roses from David Austin If there have ever been any complaints that there is no variety in English Roses, look again! My Friday Album is all about David Austin Roses, showcasing just a little of the wide spectrum of colour, form (and not forgetting fragrance) within their catalogue - and these are just…

Apricot Foxx, Brown Sugar, La Belle Epoque & Crown Imperials

Apricot Foxx (pink/peach), Brown Sugar (pink/orange) and La Belle Epoque (brown) are all stunning tulips in this fine display, matched perfectly with Fritillaria imperialis 'Rubra Maxima,' the Crown Imperial and a skirt of Narcissus Suzy (yellow with red centre). A rhythm of large planters along a wide terrace with a daring, close-colour harmony. Another brilliant…

Trilliums at RHS Harlow Carr

A woodland spot and an impressive stand of trilliums with purple flame-flowers above distinctive leaves. Trillium chloropetalum is one of the more robust trilliums and makes impressive spring clumps as here, at RHS Harlow Carr. Nearby were Trillium flexipes White and Trillium erectum, below

Calceolaria in the Alpine House, Harlow Carr

Calceolaria 'Walter Shrimpton' in the new Alpine House at the RHS Gardens in Yorkshire at Harlow Carr. Extraordinary optical illusion going on here.. ... there has to be a reason for these markings  - and now I just need to find out what it is. A slightly smaller relative, Calceolaria fothergillii, pictured below.

Molten lava….

OK, so it's not a phase. Officially, Orange and more Orange. A return visit to the RHS gardens at Harlow Carr (near Harrogate in Yorkshire) and so much to see!  Small in comparison to RHS Wisley, but still packing in the excitement and seasonal interest. Planted containers full of tulips, in vibrant and jewel-like combinations,…

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…