Kew Gardens – the Woodland Gardens providing welcome shade, dappled and deep and a rich tapestry of leaf, flower & fragrance

A reprisals of a piece from June 2015 at Kew Gardens, as I am hosting a Shade-themed workshop today and have rescheduled several pieces to fill out the subject and which will form the basis of my updated notes. A talk on the beauty and possibilities of gardening in the shade - indeed on a…

Simple ideas for scented spring containers

Simple, scented displays here, grouped on tables and terraces in a garden in Kew:- Narcissus Tête à Tête, white Hyacinths (either Aiolos or Carnegie, I forget which - most probably Carnegie, here), taller early-flowering daffodils, primrose-coloured and scented Wall flowers (Sugar Rush - a variety in bloom from Autumn through to Spring) and primroses in pale…

Shades of Autumn III

A final slideshow featuring the floral exhibits at the RHS Shades of Autumn Show at the Horticultural Halls, which ran over two days earlier this week. I had been a little disappointed with the Spring shows this year and was in two minds as to whether I should make the (modest) effort to go up…

Shades of Autumn II

A second gallery from the RHS Shades of Autumn show, a two day event closing yesterday, featuring an inspiring collection of plants and gardening folk... Happy to be reminded of plants out of mind, to find names for those which have eluded me and to see some inspiring planting combinations. Gold Medals all round, say…

Shades of Autumn

The RHS Shades of Autumn Show at the Horticultural Halls in London - packed full of plants and inspiration and a rather better show than one or two of the more recent events. Bonsai, chrysanthemums, salvias, nerines, dahlias, asters, heucheras, grasses, agapanthus, gladioli, martagon lilies, alpines, succulents - and tradional fruit and vegetables on display…