Ken Hall has brought his Nerine sarniensis hybrid collection – or a very little part of it – to the RHS Halls in London for the Autumn show and this display is undoubtedly been the highlight of the show for me. The bar was not set very high, I should say – it was a drear display generally – but this collection leapt way way up above and beyond – On Newchurch Nerines – http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/country-garden-nymphs-in-pink-tights-1177293.html Country & Garden: Nymphs in […]
A picture gallery – well there are going to be a few of them, cataloguing my visit to the gardens at RHS Wisley yesterday morning. Proof, if it were needed, that these are not the dullest, least colourful or interesting times in the garden. In fact I couldn’t say when those times might actually be. With these Hellebores and the Hamamelis to come, coupled with a tour of the Alpine House and Orchids in the Glasshouse, it is a […]
Categories: Architectural Plants, evergreen perennial, General comment, Hellebore, RHS WIsley, Seasonal colour, Winter Garden, Woodland Garden • Tags: Anna's Red, Camelot, Cheryl's Shine, Connie, Hellebore, Hellebore Gold Collection, Helleborus, Ice N Roses Red, Ice N Roses White, Maestro, Painted Bunting, RHS, RHS Wisley, Sally's Shell, Shooting Star, Spring Promise, Winter colour, Winter garden, Wisley
Another gallery from the greatest flower show on earth, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 – though these beauties are pretty leafy customers (name tag/photo/name tag/photo and so on…) All of these were displayed by Norfield Nurseries on their superb exhibit and a great grand woodland show it was. Green, red and gold, fine cut and bold, variegated, diminutive and stately – a whole host of first class specimens. A few links below to set you right on track about […]
Categories: Japanese Maples (Acers), Woodland Garden • Tags: Acer Dissectum, Acer palmatum, Acer Shirasawanum Jordan, acers, Ariadne, Asahi-zuru, Autumn Moon, Baldsmith, Beni-Shigihenge, Butterfly, Chiseo, Emerald Lace, Flavescens, Garnet, Hana-Matoi, Kamagata, Katsura, Koto-no-Ito, linearilobum scolopendrifolium, Norfield Nursery, Orangeola, Ornatum, Pink Blush, Red Dragon, RHS, RHS Chelsea, Rose Haze, Shidava Gold, Shishi-gashira, Skeeters Broom, Summer Gold, Toyama-nishiki, Trompenburg, Ukigume, Vertrees, Villa Tarranto, Watnong, Westonbirt Arboretum, Wilson's Pink Dwarf
Claudio Bincoletto is at the show each day and I’m sorry that I’ll miss his talk tomorrow afternoon (at 4pm now I think) – Roses and their exotic scent: preparations to preserve aroma, and the ancient secrets of rose water, rose jam and wild flower cordials, Claudio Bincoletto, Master Forager I’ll also miss Peter Scott from the Historic Roses Group (who were as welcoming as ever today) and who is talking tomorrow. Check online for further details https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/pdf/rhs-london-shows/London-Rose-Show/EXHIBITOR-LIST-TALKS-ROSE-SHOWa Simon White […]
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Walking through Pimlico and the outskirts of Westminster, after crossing Vauxhall Bridge (see the Duck tours amphibious vehicle), heading towards Vincent Square and the horticultural halls hosting the first of the RHS London Shows this year…. The RHS Early Spring Show Beautiful blue skies and bright sunshine (yesterday), the first day of the show. Magnolias in bloom in the houses around the very large and grassy Vincent Square (the RHS Lindley Library has its home) and some rather lovely houses […]
Categories: Architectural Plants, Bulbs, container gardening, Fragrant plants, General comment, Seasonal colour, Snowdrops (Galanthus), spring flowering, Winter Garden • Tags: Anemone coronaria, Avon Bulbs, Brassica oleracea Creme Chantilly, Brunnera macrophylla Jack Frost, Coronilla Brockhill Blue, Crocus tommasinianus, Cyclamen coum Pewter Group, Darcy & Everest Alpine, Duck Tours, Erythronium cliftonii, Ficaria verna Brazen Hussey, Galanthus Bill Bishop, Galanthus Blewbury, Galanthus Claire Blakeway Phillips, Galanthus Curly, Galanthus elwesii monostrictus, Galanthus Lady Beatrix Stanley, Galanthus Little Ben, Galanthus Loiuse Ann Bromley, Galanthus Magnet, Galanthus Natalie Garton, Galanthus nivalis Green Tips, Galanthus Percy Picton, Galanthus plicatus Diggory, Galanthus Rowan Russell, Galanthus S Arnott, Galanthus Starling, Galanthus Straffan, Galanthus Trumps, Galanthus Trymmings, Galanthus Washfield Warham, Galanthus Wendy's Gold, galanthus., Hardenbergia, Hellebore Bradfield Hybrids, Hellebore Pink Frost, Hellebore Pink Frsot, Iris 00-DH-1, Iris 01-FS-2, Iris 02-ID-1, Iris 98-GP-5, Iris Beautiful Day, Iris Blue Hill, Iris Blue Note, Iris caucasus, Iris Clairette, Iris danfordiae, Iris Eye Catcher, Iris JS Digt, Iris Lady Beatrix Stanley, Iris Mars Landing, Iris North Star SunshineFicaria verna Green Petal, Iris Pauline, Iris Purple Gem, Iris Reine Immaculata, Iris reticulata Alida, Iris Splish Splash, iris Spot On, Jacques Armand International, Lawrence Hall, Lindley Hall, London Plane Trees, London Show, Narcissus Bittern, Narcisuss cordubensis, Pr, Primula Victorian, Protea Candida, Pulmonaria Blue Ensign, RHS, RHS Early Spring Show, snowdrops, Viola odorata, Viola odorata Pritchards Russian
I’m fortunate that the vast array of garden landscapes at RHS Wisley in Surrey are a short drive from Teddington HQ and that I can be as frequent a visitor as I am, without ever, ever being bored – there is always something, whatever the season, to delight and inspire. This unseasonably mild weather (about to properly hit the skids with a decidedly chilly weekend to come) has meant that the Daphne, Camellia, Rhododendron and Witch Hazel have been a […]
Categories: Alpine, Architectural Plants, Bulbs, Camellias, colour, Fragrant plants, General comment, Hellebore, Open to the public, Orchids, Ornamental trees, Plants for a shady garden?, RHS WIsley, Seasonal colour, Trees, White Garden, Winter Garden, Wisteria, Woodland Garden • Tags: Abutilon Ashford Red, Acer negundo White Lightening, Aechmae caudata, Alpine House, Alpine plants, Arum creticum, Boophone haemanthoides, Chimonanthus praecox Luteus, Cornus sanguinea Midwinter Fire, Cornus sericea Cardinal, Cornus sericea subsp, Cornus sericea subsp orientalis Sunshine, Crocus korolkowii Kiss of Spring, Crocus sieberi var atticus, Cymbidium Loch of Monteith, Cymbidum Bernard x Buttercup, Dionysia Zdenek Zvolanek, Fritillaria striata, Glasshouse, Gymnospermium albertii, Haemanthus pauculifolius, Hamamelidaceae, Hamamelis mollis Fred Chittenden, Hamamelis x intermedia Harry, Hamamelis x intermedia Robert, Hellebore Terra Nova Doubles, Helleborus argutifolius, Iris histroides Lady Beatrix Stanley, Iris reticulata JS Digt, Lachanalia aloides var quadricolour, Lycaste Leo, Mahonia x wagneri Pinnacle, Masdavallea Joy Edstrom, Massonia pustulata, Muscari macropcarpum, Muscari neglectum, Narcissus albidus subsp orientalis, Oncidium polyadenum, Orchids, Pahiopedalum primulanum, Parrotia persica, Persian Ironwood, Phalaenopsis, Phragmipedium besseae var dallesandroi x besseae Mont Millais, Phragmipedium Jersey, Phragmipedium Quetivel Mill, Phragmipedium schlimii Wilcox, Phragmipedium Sorcerer's Aprentice, Primula Zebra, RHS, RHS Wisley, Rubus biflorus, Rubus cockburnianus, Salix alba Golden Ness, Sempervivium arachnoideum, Wisley, x wilsonaria Gertrude Adams, Zygoneria Adelaide Meadows, Zygoneria Greenways, Zygopetala Warringham Wonder
A rather blustery day yesterday at the RHS flagship gardens at Wisley and the Glasshouse borders were taking a battering. The Miscanthus outside the Glasshouse, large beds anchored by golden Beech monoliths and circling flat-topped islands of Sarcococca, became a seething maelstrom of dry-gold, sometimes illuminated and back-lit by shafts of sunlight. In moments of calm, it was quite unscathed, unbowed and unbent. I stood and watched for about 10 minutes!
Having visited the architecturally distinctive Davies Alpine House at Kew recently, I was prompted to head out to Wisley today – early, given the weather forecast of rain by lunchtime – and to take in the Magnolias (of course) and Battleston Hill generally (for the camellias and rhododendrons and any other early blossom) – and also the Alpine House. A little Garden Centre Geekery in the Plant Centre too, of course, but all of that in time. Alpines first… […]
Categories: Alpine, General comment, RHS WIsley • Tags: @The_RHS, Alpine, Alpine House, Babiana sambucina, Babiana vanzyliae, Corydalis Hot Lips, Gladiolus uysiae, Hepatica acutiloba, Hepatica nobilis var japonica, Lachenalia Rupert, Moraea loubreri, Narcissus bulbocodium, Pulsatilla vulgaris grendis, RHS, RHS Wisley, Saxifraga Allendale Bamby (x lismorensis), Sparaxis elegans, Spiloxene linearis, Tecophilaea cyanocrocus, Tulipa kolpackowskiana, Wisley
What can I add to the sum of the coverage of this, the greatest flower show on earth? A few photographs (and by my standards, a very few). An impression of the event, distilled from a tour yesterday evening. A drop in the ocean really – a few gorgeous plants and planting combinations, a twist of inspiration and a lot of coveting. Thank you, the Horticultural Team at Petersham Nurseries for inviting me and for your very welcome company on […]
It’s that time of year again – the RHS Chelsea Flower Show – undoubtedly the best in the world – and there is so much media coverage that it just can’t be escaped. I’m there Thursday evening, with my camera and umbrella, to add my twist to the event. I think a spell in a quiet, darkened room next week, when it is all over, will be required. Horticulture Overload?
Fritillaria persica, on the Jacques Armand International exhibit – with quite a collection of fritillaries on display F. paddeana against F. imperialis lutea (above) Fritillaris crassifolia Wisley (above) F. sewerzowii (above and below) A fine collection of Imperial fritillaries in orange and yellow Also on the Jacques Armand exhibit, other Spring flowering bulbs – and these Calanthe sieboldii hybrids The exhibit won a coveted Gold Medal from the RHS judges http://www.jacquesamandintl.com/home
Categories: Architectural Plants, Bulbs, Flower Shows, Fragrant plants, General comment, Seasonal colour, spring flowering, Spring Garden • Tags: Calanthe seiboldii hybrids, Flower Shows, Fritillaria, Fritillaria crassifolia, Fritillaria crassifolia Kurdica Mutant, Fritillaria elwesii, fritillaria imperialis, Fritillaria imperialis lutea, Fritillaria meleagris, Fritillaria olivieri, Fritillaria paddeana, Fritillaria persica, Fritillaris crassifolia Wisley, Horticultural Halls, Iris bucharica, Jacques Armand International, muscari, RHS, RHS Great London Plant Fair
Tulips on display from HW Hyde & Son, at the RHS Great London Plant Fair today at the Horticultural Halls. The event is open this evening and tomorrow and is as colourful and fragrant affair as one could wish. This tulip display won a coveted Gold Medal from the judges. And of course, when there are tulips, there are daffodils. R.A. Scamp won one of the other Gold Medals for their display of modern and historic daffodils. Enough to […]
Categories: Bulbs, Flower Shows, Fragrant plants, General comment, Open to the public, spring flowering, Spring Garden • Tags: 1st April, 2nd April, Daffodils, fringed tulip, Great London Plant Fiar, Horticultural Halls, HW Hyde & son, Orange, Quality Daffodils, RA Scamp, RHS, Spring gardening, Spring Plant Fair, Tulips, Vincent Square
Bright stems of dogwood, willow and ornamental blackberry by the lake in the RHS Gardens at Wisley There was a little doubt whether these gardens would be open today after the storms over night – many gardens have been forced to close today – but hard work on the part of the garden team made everything safe by 11.30am. Ignoring the torrents of rain as I arrived and hoping for some improvement (there were blue skies as I left!) it […]
Categories: Alpine, Architectural Plants, Camellias, evergreen perennial, Fruit Trees, Garden Design, General comment, Grasses, herbaceous, Open to the public, RHS WIsley, Roses, Seasonal colour, Shrubs, Trees for smaller gardens, Wildlife gardening, Winter Garden • Tags: Acer negundo Winter Lightning, Annie's Orange, Apple Cocket's Red, Betula albosinensis var. septentrionalis, Bramley, Calamagrostis, Calliarpa bodinieri var. giraldii Profusion, Camellia sasanqua Gay Sue, Champion Tree, Cocket's Red, cornus, Cornus sanguinea Midwinter Fire, Cornus sericea Baileyi, Edgworthia chysantha, Holly, Ilex aquifolium Bacciflava, Larix kaempferi, Mahonia x media Winter Sun, Malus x zumi Golden Hornet, Midwinter Fire, Pennisetum, Perovskia atriplicifolia Little Spire, Phlomis tuberosa Amazone, Pyrus, Pyrus pashia, RHS, RHS Wisley, Rosa duponti. Sorbus, Rosa dupontii, Rosa moyesii, roses, Rubus biflorus, Salix, Salix alba var. vitellina Yelverton, Simply the Best, Sorbus glabrescens, Sorbus Joseph Rock, the first Bramley tree, Viburnum betulifolium
A final slideshow featuring the floral exhibits at the RHS Shades of Autumn Show at the Horticultural Halls, which ran over two days earlier this week. I had been a little disappointed with the Spring shows this year and was in two minds as to whether I should make the (modest) effort to go up to town for this show – and so glad I did. A great collection of nurseries and gardening folk, with plants from all over the […]
Categories: Autumn garden, General comment • Tags: Agapanthus, alpines, asters, Autumn Garden, Bonsai, chrysanthemums, dahlias, gladioli, grasses, heucheras, Horticultural Halls, martagon lilies, nerines, RHS, RHS Shades of Autumn Show, salvias, succulents
A second gallery from the RHS Shades of Autumn show, a two day event closing yesterday, featuring an inspiring collection of plants and gardening folk… Happy to be reminded of plants out of mind, to find names for those which have eluded me and to see some inspiring planting combinations. Gold Medals all round, say I…
Categories: Autumn garden, General comment • Tags: Agapanthus, alpines, asters, Bonsai, chrysanthemums, dahlias, gladioli, grasses, heucheras, Horticultural Halls, Lindley Hall, martagon lilies, nerines, RHS, salvias, Shades of Autumn, succulents
The RHS Shades of Autumn Show at the Horticultural Halls in London – packed full of plants and inspiration and a rather better show than one or two of the more recent events. Bonsai, chrysanthemums, salvias, nerines, dahlias, asters, heucheras, grasses, agapanthus, gladioli, martagon lilies, alpines, succulents – and tradional fruit and vegetables on display too…. Two further slideshows will follow tomorrow and Thursday.
Categories: Autumn garden, Flower Shows, General comment • Tags: Agapanthus, alpines, asters, Bonsai, chrysanthemums, dahlias, gladioli, grasses, heucheras, Horticultural Halls, Lindley Hall, martagon lilies, nerines, RHS, RHS Shades of Autumn Show, salvias, succulents, Vincent Square
RHS Hampton Court Flower Show A photo-montage for the few hours that I spent strolling through Show earlier today. So many more photographs have been posted onto my Facebook page – and they are publicly available images – http://www.facebook.com/theteddingtongardener – that it is worth a look for the Enthusiast. And I joined the Historic Roses Group (and about time!), so all in all, A Good Day. That said, a near neighbour has obviously just been given a Very Big Drum […]
A double border, 147 m long and 11m wide, designed by Piet Oudolf using large swathes of herbaceous perennials, grasses and shrubs – plants repeated along the length of this extravagant piece of theatre, running down to the lake and Glasshouse. Today, the pompom heads of Allium Purple Sensation provided the fun and drama, bouncing a rhythm through the fresh knee-high planting. http://www.oudolf.com/piet-oudolf/gardens/public-gardens/wisley/wisley-1 I’m off to North Yorkshire later this month and may have time to visit his Walled Garden […]
The Californian poppy, Eschscholzia, blooming its head off in one of the Alpine Houses at the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Wisley, Surrey. I remember that our neighbour (in Olden Times), Mr and Mrs Greenall, grew these very successfully in north London – their garden wrapped around the corner of the road – a closely cut lawn and then a swathe of these silky-petalled orange shockers. If you haven’t ever stopped to touch the petals, please do. Quite addictive. Mr […]
Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis ‘Soft Caress’ has been crowned the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year. Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ was described as a fascinating new form with unusual delicate ferny foliage which softens borders. Bright lemon yellow scented blooms are followed by attractive blue berries. The Clematis ‘Lemon Dream’ was placed in second place while the Tropaeolum ‘Fruit Salad’ took the third position. The RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year was created to recognise the most inspiring […]
Apricot Foxx (pink/peach), Brown Sugar (pink/orange) and La Belle Epoque (brown) are all stunning tulips in this fine display, matched perfectly with Fritillaria imperialis ‘Rubra Maxima,’ the Crown Imperial and a skirt of Narcissus Suzy (yellow with red centre). A rhythm of large planters along a wide terrace with a daring, close-colour harmony. Another brilliant display in the RHS gardens at Harlow Carr.
Categories: Bulbs, General comment, Open to the public, spring flowering, Spring Garden • Tags: AGM, Apricot Foxx, brown, Brown Sugar, Bulbs, colour harmony, Containers, crown imperial, fritillaria imperialis, Harlow Carr, La Belle Epoque, narcissus, Orange, peach, pink, planters, RHS, Rubra Maxima, Spring gardening, Suzy, Tulip
A woodland spot and an impressive stand of trilliums with purple flame-flowers above distinctive leaves. Trillium chloropetalum is one of the more robust trilliums and makes impressive spring clumps as here, at RHS Harlow Carr. Nearby were Trillium flexipes White and Trillium erectum, below
Calceolaria ‘Walter Shrimpton’ in the new Alpine House at the RHS Gardens in Yorkshire at Harlow Carr. Extraordinary optical illusion going on here.. … there has to be a reason for these markings – and now I just need to find out what it is. A slightly smaller relative, Calceolaria fothergillii, pictured below.
OK, so it’s not a phase. Officially, Orange and more Orange. A return visit to the RHS gardens at Harlow Carr (near Harrogate in Yorkshire) and so much to see! Small in comparison to RHS Wisley, but still packing in the excitement and seasonal interest. Planted containers full of tulips, in vibrant and jewel-like combinations, populate the gardens-through-history area and are things of pure amazement. A simple concrete pot, one of a matched pair, on a stark terrace, brimming with […]
The dates for the 2013 show have been confirmed as Friday 12 April – Saturday 13 April, in the Lawrence Hall, Westminster, London. There will be a preview on Thursday evening, 11 April. See spectacular orchids from the world’s finest specialist growers & beautiful botanical art. • Discover stunning displays of tropical and hardy orchids from the finest British and International growers. • Shop from an amazing variety of orchid species and hybrids to suit all budgets • Hear from […]