A touch of orange – Dahlia David Howard

Dahlia David Howard, among grasses and late flowering salvias, catching the November sun.. The dahlias are almost over - the inevitable frosts are heading our way, to blacken the foliage and signal the time to lift and protect the tubers until next spring. This particular variety, compact and with already dark leaves and small, beautifully…

Salvias, Salvias, Salvias everywhere!

Salvias in a long border at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, today - every imaginable colour and flower type... So many species, varieties and cultivars - I did begin to note down their names but honestly, so many had overgrown their labels, I rather gave up and immersed myself in the moment! For those interested in…

Heavenly Blue

Ipomoea Heavenly Blue (Morning Glory) Just beginning to get going, now the days are getting shorter, this twining climber with large sky blue trumpet flowers is already up to the top of a 2m obelisk with inquisitive green wands waving round in the breeze (all tucked up now). A beautiful late season climber that still…

Who Dun It….

Dinner Plate - Who Dun It Setting aside the obvious spelling catastrophe, this is a rather special Dahlia, with 6" blooms of white shaded with red/purple. Though not this beauty, I filled my garden last year with so many different dahlias after an enthusiastic late-night shopping spree, online, with Rose Cottage Plants, a nursery specialising…