A return to the gardens of RHS Wisley – a riot of colour and scent (well it will be and most definitely was last year)

Closed still of course, so a look back to a tour I did this time last year. These photos bring it right back into focus, and I can so clearly remember the paths and turns taken. Fresh greens, bright flowers and scent. Enjoy.   Hawthorn, Bluebells, Azaleas and Rhododendrons, flowering Viburnums, a craft fair, tree-trunk…

A long-overdue visit to the gardens of RHS Wisley – a riot of colour and scent this early May Day

Hawthorn, Bluebells, Azaleas and Rhododendrons, flowering Viburnums, a craft fair, tree-trunk sculpture, sunshine and fragrance. A fine start to a long-overdue visit to these gardens. Sunshine and a few scattered squalls, sometimes a bit over-bright for good photography, but glad to have made the effort to get out here today. The Craft Fair - huge -…

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…

A truly wild & technicolor wild flower meadow at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham

Hot and cool blending in this swathe of wild flower meadow at St Mary's University, Twickenham Campus. Just driving along between appointments and had to pull over to admire the display - as had other people too. A real treat and welcome break, especially as temperatures topped 25C this afternoon.  

Roses, all the way – and a piece of Chelsea Fringe at Petersham Nurseries

I think my visit to Mottisfont - to see their incomparable collection of Old Roses - might have to be soon if the Capsule Collection at Petersham is anything to go by. New roses are popping into flower every day, with an opportunity to make new friends amongst the names I haven't seen in bloom…

Poppies, a half Marathon, more from the Burkwood Brothers, Petersham Nurseries, Thug the Cat… random pictures from a chill Spring day

Little Hell Flames…

Poppies in July Sylvia Plath Little poppies, little hell flames, Do you do no harm?   You flicker. I cannot touch you. I put my hands among the flames. Nothing Burns.   And it exhausts me to watch you Flickering like that, wrinkly and clear red, like the skin of a mouth.   A mouth…