and a few more roses – the glorious Bowes-Lyon rose gardens at RHS Wisley

A new rose variety to me, The Charlatan, in the Bowes-Lyon rose garden at RHS Wisley this afternoon - and immediately a favourite! Blush pink single blooms opening from deeper pink pointed buds. A central crown of golden & red stamens, very like Jacqueline du Pre, lifts an already attractive flower to greater beauty. Here…

Putting on a Petersham show… roses by me, styling by Amanda

and from our Doyenne of the Displays, Lady of the Carts, Madame Maestro.... Filled, finessed, crafted and created, displays at Petersham Nurseries, styling by Amanda - the newest member of the Horticulture Green Team. Roses by me....!  

Goodbye April – or What the Gardener did Next- and shoe-horning in a mention of Titus Andronicus…

I saw these huge aquilegias at a garden centre yesterday - Virginia and Vermont - rather beautiful but prefer my Blue Barlows... A busy day yesterday, working in two of my gardens in Strawberry Hill. The first, occupied by further planting out in the newly created front garden borders and new container displays. In traditional…

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!…

A garden re-fresh, Duchess of Cornwall, English Roses and Other Plants

All my la-di-da with photographs and tours around botanic gardens... I'm scrubbing the composted manure from beneath my fingernails this evening! Some time in the garden for a family with a couple of Big Birthday celebrations coming up and a little TLC on their front-garden-front needed. I've already planted out the garden at the back…