By Eck! Them’s some Echinacea …

  It is rewarding for me (at least me) that I can go back through several years' of content, of past outings and, that I am so close to two remarkable gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and the RHS Gardens at Wisley in Surrey, Both feature regularly in these pages and I am…

A gazillion Zinnias – the Trial Fields at RHS Wisley

Zinnias in abundance in the Trial Fields at RHS Wisley. Another over-bright afternoon - too sunny really to get the best out of these brightest of summer stars - but I was there and so were they, in great abundance too and stars many of them are, of the late summer border, still in the…

By Eck! Them’s some Echinacea …

The Trial Fields are always a treat - proper scrutiny going on year in and year out with trials over several seasons to determine the qualities of new plants and the ongoing worthiness of older cultivars. I've been here throughout the past few years to look in detail at many of the trials - sweet…

Flights of Fancy – Hippeastrums on trial at RHS Wisley

The Glasshouse at RHS Wisley is host to a trial of Hippeastrums (though you might say Amaryllis) and a fine show they make, with such a wide variety of form and colour, with giant trumpets and spidery filamentous-ness side by side, gentle pastels against the brassiest and brightest, velvet against satin against crystal. https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/plants-blogs/plant-trials/february-2015/hippeastrum-on-trial Amaryllis…

Syon, Pansies and the Seven Dwarfs..

A brief photo-stop by the Thames at Isleworth yesterday, on my way to Syon - birds wheeling around, planes overhead and folk already out on the river... Pansies in the sunshine... happy plants My (current) favourite Rhododendron, a Yakushimanum (Yak. for short) hybrid named Grumpy. I will have to look out for the full collection…