A day at the RHS London Rose Show – full & fragrant with five excellent talks … #RHSLondon #Roses

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…

A little look at the 2016 London RHS Early Spring Show

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…

My first look at RHS Wisley (this year) – Colourful winter stems, Alpine and Glasshouse finery and more…

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…

All at sea with Miscanthus – the Glasshouse Borders at RHS Wisley

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…

Jewels and Miniature Marvels – the Alpine House at RHS Wisley, this time… @RHSWisley @The_RHS #AlpineHouse

  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) -…

A glance, gander and glimpse of Chelsea 2014

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…

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

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…

The RHS Great London Plant Fair 2014 – Gold Medal Fritillaries

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…

The RHS Great London Plant Fair 2014 – Tulips and Daffodils

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…