The Darling Buds of May – the first Alliums, fragrant Roses, lilac, flashy tulips and buttercup fields –

Alliums and ironwork in the Cutting Garden at Petersham Nurseries - elsewhere the first of the roses coming into flower - so many more in furious bud; I had to wait until July last year for the first roses to bloom - March was so bitterly and consistently chill, day and night, that the whole…

Goodbye April – or What the Gardener did Next- and shoe-horning in a mention of Titus Andronicus…

I saw these huge aquilegias at a garden centre yesterday - Virginia and Vermont - rather beautiful but prefer my Blue Barlows... A busy day yesterday, working in two of my gardens in Strawberry Hill. The first, occupied by further planting out in the newly created front garden borders and new container displays. In traditional…

Rose Helen Knight

I first saw this rose in a wooded situation at Wisley and it was doing fine. This specimen is out in the open in the new Bowes Lyons Rose Garden, again at Wisley though it is a different beast altogether. While it can happily manage a shady spot, it clearly loves an open sky. A…

O Christmas Tree…

Well, I'm almost ready for The Big Day... The wrapping of presents is required and a little housekeeping. If the rain lets up, then I can get into my garden and clear away the last of the leaves but little else is urgent. There are jobs that could be tackled but I will postpone any…

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin (Auspeet) David Austin Recommended Variety Category English Roses (English Rose Collection) Bred By David Austin Colour Rich yellow Flower Type Double/Full Bloom Hardiness Hardy Fragrance Strong and delicious fragrance varies between a soft, floral Tea and almost pure lemon according to weather conditions. Strong Repeating Excellent Special Characteristics Named after Charles Darwin the…

The Shady Lady Gardener

The Lady Gardener - introduced  by David Austin this year - one of just four new roses to add to their collection I'm wondering still about this rose, the name and the rose itself. I haven't seen a mature plant out in a garden situation yet, so my observations are quite limited. Certainly it is…

Super Nova – Summer Song

English Rose, Summer Song, from David Austin Now here we have a rose with attitude! Quite unmistakeable among the catalogue of softer colours and quite distinct from the other 'orange' roses created by David Austin - Lady Emma Hamilton (of course), Pat Austin, Lady of Shalott. It is a rangy plant, even needing some support…

Generous Gertie…

Rose, Gertrude Jekyll There are few better ways to decorate a home than with flowers -  a single stem of your favourite flower in a jam jar, can be just the thing. Then again, how about an armful of the most scented roses? A wide, deep vase full of leaf, bud and flower with an…