Early Hydrangeas at RHS Wisley – a tour through the meandering paths on Battleston Hill

If you go down to the woods today, there are a lot of Hydrangeas to see - the collection at RHS Wisley is excellent although many fine specimens have either lost their name plates entirely, or these are so overgrown by the verdant foliage as to be lost all the same. These I have not…

A kaleidoscope of colour, coming to a garden near you…

So much colour exploding in our gardens now that winter is loosening its grip and Spring is given a chance - longer days, some sunshine but still chill nights and cool temperatures yet ... the sap is rising, buds are bursting into leaf and blossom and the woodland floor is a bright mosaic of primroses,…

Wakehurst Place – Kew Gardens in the Country

    Wakehurst Place, billed as "Kew Gardens in the Country"   ... my pictures, taken yesterday and a few words from these goodly folk... http://www.kew.org/visit-wakehurst http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wakehurst-place/ http://www.gardenvisit.com/garden/wakehurst_place_garden http://thegallopinggardener.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/gardens-for-all-seasons-wakehurst-place.html http://thegallopinggardener.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/wonderful-w-gardens-wakehurst-to-wisley.html    

Hydrangeas all the way at RHS Wisley – definitely #hydrangealove

Hydrangea macrophylla Altona (above) Hydrangea paniculata Limelight (below) Hydrangea paniculata Vanille Fraise (below) Hydrangea Early Sensation (below) Hydrangea paniculata Chantilly Lace (below) Hydrangea paniculata Dolly (below) Hydrangea PanHydrangea paniculata Big Ben (below) Hydrangea paniculata Unique (below) Hydrangea macrophylla Nymph (below) Hydrangea paniculata Angel's Blush (below) Hydrangea aspera Kawakamii Group (below) Hydrangea quercifolia Applause (below) Hydrangea…

Evening sunshine #hydrangealove

  Hydrangeas may be in flower for several months, peaking in late summer but often adding interest for many more months, as the dying flower heads dessicate and dry, catching cobwebs and dew, frost and low sunshine. Not always and not all are beautiful as they decay, but practically, the flower heads do provide some…

Hydrangeas and the Art of Dying Gracefully

Hydrangeas can offer us hard pressed gardeners a garden plant with a very long period of interest. The bold leaves can be quite architectural and many offer up a few fiery tints come autumn-time. The flowers are long-lasting and very importantly, can die well, gently decaying over the course of a long autumn and into…

Plant Hunting in Teddington

A gentle pavement expedition, a street safari, to see what the front gardens of this particular bit of Teddington might throw up, by way of Winter Interest. With a tide of concrete washing over so many front gardens, plants are losing out to car parking at an alarming rate, with consequences for wildlife, drainage/water runoff…

Battleston Hill – a walk on the woodland side…

The weather forecast isn't great for tomorrow, Saturday, but those careless of a bit of rain, could do worse than spend the time wandering through the winding paths of Battleston Hill, the woodland gardens at RHS Wisley in Surrey. I was there earlier this week, with my umbrella too, and was mesmerised by the colour…