Snapshot of a front garden – glorious lilies just at the moment

Watering in the front garden yesterday evening and everything has put on so much growth. The new Wisteria - and I must put up some wires - is rampant as is the Cotinus. Hebe Marjorie was cut back hard in the Spring and has forgiven me with much new growth from the old wood. The…

A round up of the week so far – mist over the Thames, oak-leaved Hydrangeas, Chillis, Lilies, Vines viniferous and Cup-and-Saucered, Dahlias of course ….

A few days at Petersham Nurseries this week and with it, a cycle ride across Teddington Lock in the morning sunshine, ahead of days enjoying a rather fine Indian Summer as Autumn slides into technicolor view - with mist rising from the River Thames and adding a little mystery to Ham Fields While the cycle…

Things that caught my eye today – Ideas to brighten up the garden in July, August and beyond ….

Firstly a few from home this evening - I'm particularly pleased with the lilies in the front garden, wafting their intoxicating fragrance for weeks now - and the bright blue Campanula Blue Octopus, flowering for over a month. Then (below) more from my day at Petersham Nurseries. Plenty of colour as we move into midsummer…

Lilies, Peruvian (that’ll be Alstroemerias) and otherwise – and enough Gladioli to tickle Dame Edna – a riot of colour as we look back at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Lilies in the Great Marquee at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show - a grand stand exhibit put together by Cheshire Nursery, Harts in Congleton. A display of cut flowers in perfect condition (the chill week no doubt helped keep them at their peak). http://www.hartsnursery.co.uk/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3338336/Gilded-lilies.html http://www.hwhyde.co.uk/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/11730860/The-trouble-with-lilies-fabulous-but-fickle.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXeTaB5M868 Gladioli, below, are making a comeback…

RHS Wisley – a Rose Garden, a walk in the Woods, another Rose Garden, a Lily Pond and some groovy grass

The Jubilee Rose Garden at RHS Wisley (the old rose garden, being almost entirely roses).   Hydrangea paniculata Vanille Fraise (above and below) Hosta in flower Hydrangea quercifolia Harmony (above and below) Hemerocallis Frans Hals (above) Entering the Bowes-Lyon Roses Garden - featuring a little of the companion planting that showed up well in the…