Christmas spirit is seeping into the Nurseries and I have already been buying decorations and gifts. Autumn seems to be clinging on after a series of bright warm days, though it’s chill at night and first thing and of course, the clocks went back on Sunday night so it is dark by 5.30pm, so I shouldn’t kid myself – tomorrow is November and then, December. Where, my annual query, has the year gone? Not at all a ‘Horticultural’ post – […]
A free afternoon (washing done, a trip to Sainsbury’s to follow) and a quick drive out to the RHS gardens at Wisley – blue skies and sunshine, alas not continuing into the weekend – but so much to see as I wandered past the lake to the Glasshouse Borders and South African Meadow, up through the Arboretum behind the Piet Oudolf Borders, clipping past the Orchards and Fruit Garden and down past the Dahlias, Model Gardens, the top of the […]
Categories: annuals, Architectural Plants, Autumn garden, Climbing plants, Dahlias, Fruit Trees, Garden Design, Grasses, herbaceous, House plants, Hydrangea, Orchids, Organic Gardening, Ornamental trees, RHS WIsley, Seasonal colour, Seeds, Trees, Trees for smaller gardens, Tropical • Tags: Aconitum Arendsii Group, Amsonia, Aster, Autumn, dahlias, Exotic Borders, Glasshouse borders, Hibiscus moscheutos, Ipomoea, Japanese Anemones, Liquidamber, Medlar, Miscanthus, Orchids, Panicum, Peruvian Lilies, Piet Oudolf, Prunus serrula, RHS Wisley, rudbeckia, salvias, South African Meadow, Symphyotrichum, Wisley
An unexpected bit of free time today and lo! A parking space by the Victoria Gate which meant I had to stop – and (first things first) smell the roses. Gertrude Jekyll, Stanwell Perpetual and Madame Isaac Pereire brought High Summer right back on a mostly overcast mid-November day. Soul food. From the Rose Garden, a walk took me through the leaf-strewn lawns to find the grove of Ginkgo trees (amazing) and over past the grass borders (equally amazing) to […]
Categories: Alpine, Architectural Plants, Art in the landscape, Autumn garden, Camellias, Christmas, Climbing plants, General comment, Grasses, Open to the public, Ornamental trees, Roses, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Seasonal colour, Woodland Garden • Tags: Alpine House, Alpine plants, Arbutus unedo var rubra, Autumn, Autumn crocus, Blue Tits, Camellia, Chilean Bell Flower, Claire Austin, Cornus alba Sibirica variegata, Cotinus obovatus, Cotnus obovatus, Crocus laevigatus, Crocus tournefortii, Davies Alpine House, Fatsia japonica flower, Flamingos, Geranium, gertrude jekyll, Ginkgo, Grace, grass borders, Kew Gardens, Lachenalia corymbosa, Lachenalis paucifolia, Lady of Shalott, Lapageria rosea, Madame Butterfly, Madame Isaac Pereire, Mary Rose, Miscanthus, Nerine humilis, Osmunda regalis, Oxalis horta Gothenburg, Pterocarya x rehderiana, Rosa acicularis, Rosa canina, Rosa elegantula Persetosa, Rosa gallica var officnalis, Rosa Madame Abel Chantenay, Rosa mulliganii, Rosa rubrotincta, Rosa rugosa Alba, Rosa rugosa Thunb, Rosa setipoda, Rosa virginiana, Rosa x hibernica, Rose du Roi, rose hips, roses, Skylark, Sophy's Rose, Stanwell Perpetual, Swamp Cypress, The Hive, Verbana bonariensis, Viburnum davidii, Weeping Beecg
A rather blustery day yesterday at the RHS flagship gardens at Wisley and the Glasshouse borders were taking a battering. The Miscanthus outside the Glasshouse, large beds anchored by golden Beech monoliths and circling flat-topped islands of Sarcococca, became a seething maelstrom of dry-gold, sometimes illuminated and back-lit by shafts of sunlight. In moments of calm, it was quite unscathed, unbowed and unbent. I stood and watched for about 10 minutes!
Well, Acers first – from Wisley and Kew, Winkworth Arboretum and here and thereabouts! Followed by the rest of the As through to C ..s …. and moving on through the D E F and a touch of the Gs – there’s a whole little gallery of Gentians afterwards – the more colourful elements throughout these galleries can probably be attributed to the splendid RHS Shades of Autumn London Show. Gentians, as promised – luminous blues, deep sapphires and […]
Categories: Acid-loving plants, Alpine, Architectural Plants, Autumn garden, dark foliage plants, evergreen perennial, Evergreen shrubs, Flower Shows, Fragrant plants, General comment, Grasses, herbaceous, Hydrangea, Japanese Maples (Acers), Magnolia, Ornamental trees, Plants for a shady garden?, Rhododendron & Azalea, Seasonal colour, Trees, Trees for smaller gardens, Woodland Garden • Tags: acers, Aster, Autumn, cherries, Erica, Euonymus, Euphornia, Fagus, Ferns, Fothergilla Gladiolus, Gentian, grasses, Hedera helix, Hesperantha, Heuchera, Heucherella, Hydrangea, Ivy, Kew Gardens, Leucadendron, lily, magnolia, Mahonia, Malus, Mespilus, Miscanthus, Myrica, Nerine, Nyssa, Ophiopogon, Osmanthus, Panicum, Parrotia, Parthenocissus, persicaria, Picea, Pinus Polypodium, Polystichum, Prunus, Pulchellus, Quercus, RHS Shades of Autumn Show, Rhus, rubus, rudbeckia, Ruscus, Salvia, Saxifrage, Sorbus, Stewartia, Streptocarpus, Symphyotricum, Thuja, Tibouchina, Tilia, Trachelospermum Tricyrtis, Viburnum, Winkworth Arboretum, Wisley, Woodwardia
The Glasshouse Borders at RHS Wisley There is much to recommend these borders – the long double beds running down from the Fruit Mount to the Lake and running in concentric, linking arcs around the reflecting mirror of water and bounding the Glasshouse. Add a clear sky and low slanting sun, at the end of November and the effect is magical. Greys and blacks – Sedum, Perovskia, Eryngium Silver Ghost, Phlomis, Euphorbia, Eupatorium – mix with warm browns and golds […]
Categories: Architectural Plants, Autumn garden, Garden Design, Grasses, RHS WIsley, Winter Garden • Tags: Agastache Blue Fortune, Beech hedging, Calamagrostis, Calamagrostis brachytricha, Cotinus, Cotinus coggyria, Cynara, Echinacea, Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea Rubinglow, Echinops Veitch's Blue, Eryngium agavifolium, Eryngium Silver Ghost, Eupatorium, Euphorbia, Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfennii, Euphorbia White Swan, Fascination, Gaura lindheimerei Whirling Butterflies, Glasshouse borders, grasses, Helenium hoopesii, Helenium Rubinswerg, Helenium The Bishop, Helenium Wyndley, Hibiscus moscheutos, Karl Foerster, Miscanthus, Mixed Grass Borders, Molinia, New Perennial Planting, Pennisetum, Perovskia, Phlomis, Phlomis russeliana, Phlomis tuberosa Amazone, Piet Oudolf, RHS Wisley, Salix, Salix alba var. vitellina Yelverton, Salix alba Yelverton, Sanguisorba Red Thunder, Sanguisorba Tanna, Sarcoccoca confusa, Sedum Autumn Joy, Sedum Herbstfreude, Sedum matrona, Stipa, Tom Stuart-Smith, veronicastrum, willow
The Grass Borders at Kew Gardens, another part of these gardens that really is at its peak at this time of year. Catching the late afternoon sun, the stems and seed heads are glowing in every shade of gold imaginable. A perfect place to see a whole catalogue of grasses, how large they grow, their colour, their habit – pendulous, weeping, stiff and upright – and particularly how they move in the breeze. A real delight.
Categories: Autumn garden, Grasses, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew • Tags: Carex, Cortaderia, Deschampsia, Festuca, grasses, Hakonechloa, Helictotrichon, Kew Gardens, Miscanthus, Molinea, ornamental grasses, Panicum, Pennisetum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Spartina, Stipa
I’m reprising these photos, taken almost exactly a year ago, in The Savill Garden, part of Windsor Great Park, cosseted by Virginia Water. I must return there soon, before the strengthening winds strip the trees bare. I hope these pictures might convince you to put on your wellies and get out there too – or to one of the other gardens that will be showcasing Autumn in all her fiery finery. Westonbirt Arboretum is on my list, Winkworth too – […]
Categories: Autumn garden, Fragrant plants, General comment, Grasses, Hydrangea, Japanese Maples (Acers), Magnolia, Open to the public, Ornamental trees, Roses, Savill Garden, The Savill Garden, Trees, Trees for smaller gardens, Wildlife gardening • Tags: Acer conspicuum Phoenix, Acer palmatum Dissectum Garnet, acer palmatum Osakazuki, Acer Shirasawanum Jordan, acers, Autumn Garden, Bergenia Eroica, Camellia sasanqua Plantation Pink, Cornus sanguinea Alba, Cornus sanguinea Anny's Winter Orange, Euonymus europaeus Red Cascade, Eupatorium, Grass seed heads, Hydrangea paniculata, Japanese maples, Liriodendron tulipifera, Magnolia Phelan Bright, Miscanthus, Nerine, Nyssa sinensis, Prunus rufa, Rose Garden, Sorbus commixta, Swamp Cypress, Taxus baccata Luteo, The New Zealand Garden, The Savill Garden, Viburnum setigerum, Virginia Water, Windsor Great Park