A Cutting Garden, Roses and Perennial Fireworks at Petersham Nurseries …..

A snapshot from Petersham Nurseries this week ....

Hamamelis for a New Year

A choice selection of Witch Hazels flowering at RHS Wisley just now - such delicate flowers seem impossibly impervious to the worst of the weather but untroubled they are. I would have found more on Battleston Hill but the weather forecast (chill but bright and sunny) gave way to a bitingly cold rain and so…

If you go down to the woods today (reprise) – Scented Witch Hazels, Daphne & Sarcococca, Edgeworthia too at RHS Wisley

You are met, as soon as you walk into the gardens at RHS Wisley, by the seductive scent of Sarcococca, the Winter Box, in this case with pure white threadlike flowers on arching stems, set against deep green leaves. It is a fragrance that carries on the wind, a siren-call to the few pollinators out…

Almost Wisteria time… a diary note to visit Nymans and BBC4 ‘British Gardens in Time’ tonight

Nearly time for the annual Wisteria Blossom Show - some, like this example, are almost there - others are just showing plump, silky buds on a bare fretwork of stems, but a few more days of warmth and sunshine and it will be Showtime! A divine few weeks of peppery-scented intense blues, ghostly blues and…

Edgworthia chrysantha

There is a particular plant I always look out for, on a lower path on Battleston Hill within the RHS Gardens at Wisley and I'm always superbly pleased to see it in flower, starry and bright, with clove-like fragrance. Anticipating the flowers, it is also lovely in bud, on upwardly ascending bare stems: miniature, silky…