Four garden centres, planting a new wisteria, repotting houseplants and a few tulips … a day in the life of –

A day of sunshine and showers and a trip down the M3 to Windlesham to visit Longacres and subsequently Wyevale and Hilliers. Three very different garden centres - one huge and sprawling, with everything (save many perennials), one very glum and one that has been extended and revamped beautifully - quite a treat. Longacres is…

A Petersham Nurseries Gallery – after heatwaves and downpours, the show just gets better and better

A kaleidoscope of perennials, with all manner of colourful stuff doing it's thing, plenty of Echinacea, Salvias and Dahlias and much more besides - of course a rose or two. Bright bold and beautiful summer characters, whatever your garden style. I love this little fellow on the Monarda, especially    

Things that caught my eye etc., etc., – and a gourmet tour of the East End (didn’t expect that, did you!)

A day at Petersham Nurseries, working I might add, dispensing horticultural advice and bon-mots to a pretty happy crowd - weather warm but not too warm, a good breeze, plenty of plants to pretty the place up, time to talk to the customers - and keep everything watered - and time to make a few…

P P P P Pick up a Pelargonium …..

RHS Wisley has put on a fantastic display of Pelargoniums in the Glasshouse - such colour and fragrance (the scent in the leaves in this instance). Clearly they can be bright and bold, frilled, starbursting and bi-coloured but there are stunning varieties with simply beautiful foliage (oak-leaved and variegated for example) as well as those…

Before we get to Hampton Court, a gallop through Luton Hoo, Wrest Park and more from Petersham Nurseries – hurrying to keep up with the virtual mountain of photography…

Taxi?! Luton Hoo, in Bedfordshire, has a fascinating history, the family seat of an über-weathly family who lost almost all their fortunes in the credit-crunch of the 1980's. Fabergé eggs once sat casually on side tables! It is now an Elite Hotel, and lovely too, with formal gardens and parkland and nearby, a Land Rover…