Downderry Lavender Nurseries, Kent

A long-awaited visit to this specialist Lavender nursery in Kent, a little to the north of Tonbridge. I'll see their exquisite stand at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show next month (they won Gold at both Chelsea and Hampton Court last year), deservedly so. Such variety, superbly grown, fragrant, buzzing with bees and other pollinators.…

A few days …. all manner of early autumn herbaceous-ness, roses, dahlias, sunflower, more herbaceous perennials, heuchera and Solenostemon (finishing up with Crinkly Bottom….)

a little late summer turning to autumn herbaceousness for your delight and delectation.... It has been a few days since my last blog entry and I have been busy working, gardening and photographing. A new camera has already improved the picture offering I think, with more natural and realistic colours. With file sizes between 10MG…

Rose Heaven – The New Season at Petersham Nurseries

    La Belle Sultane Rosa Mundi Kazanlik Honorine de Brabant Madame Isaac Pereire Souvenir de la Malmaison Variegata di Bologna Blanc double de Coubert Hansa Peach Grootendorst Rosa rugosa Alba Schneezwerg Emporeur du Maroc Ferdinand Pichard Hugh Dickson Reine des Violettes Nur Mahal Bengal Beauty Cramoisi Superieur Louis XIV Perle D'Or Gruss an Aachen…

Bluebell woods – and more – at Emmetts Garden in Kent

Bluebell Woods at Emmetts Garden in Kent There is always a frisson of excitement about a woodland floor, carpeted with a shimmer of bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) - areas of deeper or dappled shade intensifying the blue, brighter shafts of sunshine creating a lighter haze. Emmetts Gardens, a National Trust property close to Sevenoaks, sits a-top…

Ightham Mote – a perfect house in a beautiful setting

  My first visit to Ightham Mote this afternoon and I am utterly charmed by the medieval, moated house set in a secluded, wooded cleft of the Kent Weald. There is a lot to appreciate and admire in this gentle landscape, aside from the main building dating back almost 650 years and I will return…

Chartwell and Winston Churchill

Chartwell, Kent. The Family Home of Winston Churchill A late-in-the-day decision to visit Chartwell (getting the best value from the National Trust annual membership), the family home of Winston Spencer Churchill. Presented very much as it was when it was their family home, with gardens that Winston had a great deal to do with -…