Spring colour-bombs a riverside Nursery (can you guess which one?)

Flowers inside and out, flowers everywhere -  and a few grateful bees to feast on the early Spring bounty. A kaleidoscope of colour, bright, bold, brash and beautiful but we forgive this extravagant generosity - nothing clashes in the garden at this time of year, as the new season unfolds in our gardens. It's welcome antidote…

A few things that caught my eye today ….

There's been a brief hiatus in these proceedings, these past few weeks. There's been a wedding (Neil & Sarah) and a family break in Chichester, and a lot of rain of course dampening the opportunities for much plant photography, however much I like that dew-dropped image. March was a bumper-month for my tweetery, with both…

A return to Kew and some contortions in the Davies Alpine House required … plus an invitation to an Open Day

A selection of colourful delights from the Davies Alpine House at Kew, from last week. Bent back and scuffed knees, getting these images, but I love these displays, and as a special treat, there is 'behind the scenes' access to the Alpine Glasshouses and the work of the Alpine gardeners at Kew this coming weekend,…

The Savill Garden and Windsor Great Park – summer cycling and a picnic, roses, dry gardens, shady glades and boggy bits, castles, lakes and wide open spaces

The Savill Garden was our first port of call today, an impressive collection of gardens within the larger vision of Windsor Great Park. I wanted to have a look at the rose garden in particular, a swirling design of tapering interlocking beds, the colour of the roses intensifying towards the centre (peaking with Munstead Wood,…

Bluebell woods – and more – at Emmetts Garden in Kent

Bluebell Woods at Emmetts Garden in Kent There is always a frisson of excitement about a woodland floor, carpeted with a shimmer of bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) - areas of deeper or dappled shade intensifying the blue, brighter shafts of sunshine creating a lighter haze. Emmetts Gardens, a National Trust property close to Sevenoaks, sits a-top…

Garden Centre Geek – RHS Wisley Plant Centre

Lewisia cotyledon (above) Clematis alpina Frankie (above) Leucadendron Jack Harre Abutilon x suntense Flowering Maple Epimedium Orange Queen   I wanted to see see what was looking good at the plant centre at Wisley - I hadn't been there for several weeks and expected it to be filling up with new stock. I was not…

Pulsatilla Pinwheel Series II

Another image of this beautiful little pasque flower, Pulsatilla vulgaris from the Pinwheel series. Rarely can I settle on just one image which captures by itself, what I like about a particular subject... and so rather than the previous 'profile' image, but showing off stigmas and stamens inside the silky-hairy bell shaped flowers, the finely…