15 Favourites ….

A little more detail on my favourite roses - of course I'll have changed my mind tomorrow, and the next day, though No. 1 will always be Lady Emma Hamilton ... 15 favourite garden plants next methinks .... Lady Emma Hamilton - a deliciously fragrant English rose, of rich tangerine with golden centre, paling to…

A Petersham Nurseries Gallery – a feast of roses & perennials and a closer look at the Cutting Garden

I arrived at Petersham Nurseries 45 minutes earlier than necessary with a view to taking a few pictures - and I am a speedy photographer - so here is a little gallery of plants that are both conveniently for sale or at home in the Cutting Garden (a practical resource for so much of the…

David Austin Roses – the who, what, why and when…

Now that the rose season is almost upon us, I'm refreshing my memory after long rose-less months, of what is to come! These notes are culled from a series of presentations the year before last, covering all things 'David Austin Roses'. If I find the pictures which accompanied the talks, I'll attempt to add them…

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…

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!…

Jude & Gertie

Jude the Obscure, with hints of Gertrude Jekyll and Graham Thomas Gertrude Jekyll - a beautifully scented shrub rose and Fragrant English Climber Two glorious David Austin roses, in bloom now and probably (given the long summer, after a late start) in flower for many weeks to come. Few other plants can give so many…

Hey Jude!

Jude the Obscure One of David Austin's finest I think, Jude the Obscure has a beautiful form, subtle colouring and a zesty scent of citrus and exotic fruits (in the style of Lady Emma Hamilton - have I mentioned that she's my favourite? Referencing Bruce Forsyth!) The flash of pink is from Gertrude Jekyll, no…