Pink is the new Orange

Having been told this week by a customer that 'they never knew they liked orange so much', (there were lots of Ballerina tulips this spring, and much Geum in flower in her garden now), I think it is time to consider my 'relationship' with Orange. Maybe not give it up - the gorgeous David Austin…

May I present Lady Emma Hamilton…

To quote Bruce Forsyth, "You're my favourite". My favourite David Austin rose, Lady Emma Hamilton. If Mr Austin wanted to extend the colour range of the Old Roses (out of pink, more pink, white, purple) into new territory, he must be proud of this rose - a molten tangerine-orange exterior with a pure gold interior,…

Orange/Totally Awesome

The name tag for this gorgeous and beautifully impressive specimen is lost somewhere in the neon skirts of this rhododendron/evergreen azalea (I forget, is it that 'all azaleas are rhododendrons, but not all rhododendrons are azaleas?). A meandering walk through the pathways of Battleston Hill at RHS Wisley and some real treats along the way.…

California dreaming (no lyrics this time)

The Californian poppy, Eschscholzia, blooming its head off in one of the Alpine Houses at the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Wisley, Surrey. I remember that our neighbour (in Olden Times), Mr and Mrs Greenall, grew these very successfully in north London - their garden wrapped around the corner of the road - a closely…

Apricot Foxx, Brown Sugar, La Belle Epoque & Crown Imperials

Apricot Foxx (pink/peach), Brown Sugar (pink/orange) and La Belle Epoque (brown) are all stunning tulips in this fine display, matched perfectly with Fritillaria imperialis 'Rubra Maxima,' the Crown Imperial and a skirt of Narcissus Suzy (yellow with red centre). A rhythm of large planters along a wide terrace with a daring, close-colour harmony. Another brilliant…

Orange Orange Orange Orange! …Orange!

Plenty of oranges here, but not the flower of a rose called Piccolo, so that I can demonstrate how perfectly, classily, the bloom co-ordinates with the new mahogany-red foliage. A gallery with hybrid teas, some Austin roses (English Roses), some others, in shades of eye-popping and spacehopper, through sunset, copper and red-gold, apricots and peach.…

Berberis darwinii – a shock of deep orange

Berberis darwinii will be lighting up our gardens in a month or so (this picture taken in the show gardens at Bridgemere Garden World on 2nd April last year) with vigorous, evergreen shrubs smothered in rich orange flowers. Possibly not the easiest display to fit into a town garden (and the shrub grows up to…