A return to Penshurst Place and Gardens, Kent – and this time we definitely have peonies ….

A return, after a years' absence, to the walled gardens at Penshurst Place in Kent. This time around, the famed 100m long peony border was looking fine, colourful and fragrant, growing lush and up through the wire grid, and with a long way to go before it will run out of steam. With the rain…

A Grand Day Out – Loseley House & Gardens – Within the Walled Garden, a Rose Garden, Flower Garden, White Garden, Herb and Edible Garden, and then a Moat, Tudor House, Parkland ….

Thank goodness for that - only having lived within striking distance of this Tudor House, Walled Garden and Parkland just down the A3 between Guildford and Godalming - for nigh on 19 years - we got there! And we were not disappointed. This is a busy estate and a very busy wedding venue - so…

Dale Chihuly – Glass at Kew Gardens

                            I'll let the photos do the talking for this piece - Dale Chihuly back at Kew Gardens - last visiting in 2006 if memory serves and a welcome return. Several locations across the gardens and I don't think I saw them…

Taking a peek inside the Alpine House at RHS Wisley – and a scented meander down through the Rock Garden into Seven Acre Wood ….

A little peak inside the Alpine House which sits atop the Rock Garden in the RHS gardens at Wisley (the rose garden is behind, an allée of Bonsai trees to one side and the vegetable garden too, if you need to get your bearings. This is a traditional glasshouse where the plants are mostly displayed…

Somewhere over the rainbow – Irises on show at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The first in a short sequence of photographic posts featuring particular plants displayed at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Bearded Irises, these. Wow, but these are beautiful! So glad I finally got around to sorting through them. Rather miffed I missed the show at Wootens of Wenhaston in Suffolk - 2 acres of irises…

Petersham Nurseries – Glorious flowers for a wedding and other beauties that caught my eye today (Agapanthus, Alliums, a Blackbird, Camassia, Corydalis, Cosmos, Euphorbia, Geum, Iris, a Viburnum called Watanabe)

A wedding being celebrated in the Nurseries today and my talented florist-colleagues Thomas Broom-Hughes and Flora Lawson have been busy creating these beautiful displays. Worthy of more than a few photographs I should say. The Cutting Garden provided an opportunity for a few 'captures' this evening too, as I left Petersham Nurseries. While the new…

A return to Mottisfont Abbey; an Old Rose Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage to these gardens, for which, so far as the roses are concerned, we have Graham Stuart Thomas to thank principally and for the last 40+ years, the National Trust for preserving and enhancing his original collection of Old Roses. Mottisfont holds the National Collection of Shrub Roses. I met Jonny Bass, the head…

Kew in the Country – Wakehurst Place, water gardens, wetland, woodland and wildflower meadows…

An afternoon wander through the woodland, wetland, water gardens and wildflower meadows at Wakehurst Place, Kew in the Country (and National Trust too, but the parking is only free to Friends of Kew.. a big issue, this...) There is much, much more to see here within the greater parkland and more formal gardens at Wakehurst…

Duke’s Garden at Kew – Iris, Alliums, Geum and some florid peonies – and on to the Davies Alpine House. Continuing my constitutional around Kew Gardens

This last was labelled Paeonia suffruticosa, no more, and is magnificent. Loved as much as me by the iridescent beetle that was in an ecstasy of pollen in the centre of each blossom. Leaving behind this garden and passing by the emerging grass borders, the Davies Alpine House and the Princess of Wales Conservatory beckon.…