I’m ready for my close-up – A macro lens at Petersham Nurseries in early May

A little blur of a tour of the Nurseries on a fine May day - stuffed full of plants inside and out and a day of bright welcome sunshine too. Captions and plant names to follow - rush rush!

No shrinking violet.. Echinacea Hot Papaya

Echinacea Hot Papaya These magnificent blooms are the first ever orange-red double coneflowers - the colour stays true and doesn't fade. The fragrant flowers are borne on strong stems are excellent for cutting. Attracts butterflies in a wide variety of garden settings. Full sun, moist but very well-drained soils. Flowering June-September/October. Height and spread 80cm…

White lace, emerald and gold

Anemone Honorine Jobert I'm borrowing an excellent and quite perfect description of the Old Rose, Madame Hardy, 'White lace and Emeralds'. For this excellent Japanese Anemone,  there has to be gold. White lace, emerald and gold. One extra photograph of this superlative plant in flower. Couldn't resist! My earlier post (9th September) gives a little…

Guacamole

Hosta Guacamole Of all the hostas that have flowered in recent weeks, this one stands out for being delightfully fragrant, with exceptionally large, lily-like, bright white flower spikes, tinged with lavender, opening over a long period and held high  - 3'/1m above the foliage on strong stems. The foliage has avocado coloured leaves (who would guess?) with…

A new direction for Delphiniums…

Towering spires of white, blue, lavender, purples and pinks, Delphiniums are a quintessential cottage garden plant. But the times, they are a-changing. I saw these at Hampton Court Flower Show and now they are finding their way into the garden centres. Rich salmon-reds in large fat spikes. This one is called Coral Sunset which is…

Sleepy Bees

Astrantia 'Roma' Astrantia 'Roma', a delightful and very useful herbaceous perennial, was exerting some kind of magic on the bees while I was working (my Roehampton project), this afternoon. Nearby drifts of Geraneum and Nepeta were a-buzz, with much busy-ness from one flower to another and another - By contrast, Hattie's Pincushion must be insatiably delicious…

Veronica ‘Christy’

With lovely short spikes of blue-violet blooms and low mounds of highly serrated foliage, this fern-like plant is going to be great for use in containers, front-of-border spots and path edging. It was bred in the US by Washington plantswoman Christy Hensler by crossing Veronica ‘Crater Lake Blue’ with Veronica prostrata. Foliage reaches a manageable 6-9…