Petersham Nurseries – Glorious flowers for a wedding and other beauties that caught my eye today (Agapanthus, Alliums, a Blackbird, Camassia, Corydalis, Cosmos, Euphorbia, Geum, Iris, a Viburnum called Watanabe)

A wedding being celebrated in the Nurseries today and my talented florist-colleagues Thomas Broom-Hughes and Flora Lawson have been busy creating these beautiful displays. Worthy of more than a few photographs I should say. The Cutting Garden provided an opportunity for a few 'captures' this evening too, as I left Petersham Nurseries. While the new…

From the Queen’s Garden, skirting the Orangery for some beautiful Irises and a hint of the peonies to come – and on to two remarkable wisterias. Kew Gardens – take a walk with me….

Leaving Kew Palace behind me and heading towards the Duke's Garden, the walk takes me past several stands of striking variegate Irises, which I think would convert anyone who is averse to any varigated foliage, full stop. The flowers are a bonus, but the leaves on their own, especially with a froth of blue forget-me-nots,…

Flowers for a Friday….

I hope that Thomas Bloom won't mind my hijacking these floral displays for my own delight and edification - and yours - but I am very taken with them. Keen-eyed viewers will have seen some of the individual items in my photo-reports from recent trips to Wisley and Kew and indeed, these flowers are all…

If you go down to the woods today – Cherry Blossom, Queen Anne’s Lace and Alexanders At Kew – a little video

Blue skies, white clouds, generous pink and white blossom, bronze leaves, long green grass, lime Alexanders, frothy Queen Anne's Lace, sunshine and bluebells (well, one or two, here) - a walk through the last glories of the Cherry Walk at Kew Gardens yesterday afternoon. Birdsong and planes provide the soundtrack...

Wild Food Foraging with Claudio Bincoletto – a whole new world of incredible edibles – especially the bee pollen…

Claudio Bincoletto, chef, horticulturist and raconteur.. What Claudio brought with him from his own foraging trip... Omelette with hop shoots, garden nettle, calendula petals, campion.. and delicious! Satisfied customers...! We took a turn around the House Gardens to see what was edible there.. Rose petals for so many applications - candied, syrups, jams, ices, for…

A Day at Petersham – beautiful foxgloves and roses, alliums and Queen Anne’s Lace – and a gurning horse?

Digitalis (Foxgloves) providing some excitement in these displays - as it does in the garden - with more spires and spikes provided by Salvia Caradonna and, just coming into flower, Aconitum napellus in white. Ceanothus (Californian Lilac) adds more blue to the mix, with bright orange bringing the scheme to life - this is Geum…

The best of the rest at Kew – a miscellany from my latest visit: the Rock Garden, Woodland and Water Lily House

Geraneum phaeum (above) - small, dark, richly colouted flower heads held in a haze above chevron'd foliage. Ideal for shady spots. Scilla peruviana (above) - last seen in the Alpine House at RHS Wisley - here it is in amongst the peonies at Kew The Japanese Pagoda Tree (below), well supported - Wild Garlic (above…

If you go down to the woods today… a regal study in light and shade

The buttercups are gilding the water meadows but in amongst the trees, cow parsley is Queen - well Queen Anne's Lace - Cow Parsley Anthriscus sylvestris Cow Parsley is a hollow-stemmed, tall plant that grows rapidly in the summer before dying back. It likes shady habitats in particular, and can be found decorating woodland edges,…