15 Favourites ….

A little more detail on my favourite roses - of course I'll have changed my mind tomorrow, and the next day, though No. 1 will always be Lady Emma Hamilton ... 15 favourite garden plants next methinks .... Lady Emma Hamilton - a deliciously fragrant English rose, of rich tangerine with golden centre, paling to…

The Rose Garden at Kew. Vital still in November ….

Remember Remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder, treason and.... Roses? This floriferous rose garden certainly has other ideas about a quiet slide into senescence, leaf-drop and rose-hips - these are flower-packed shrubs with more to come. Colour, fragrance aplenty and fresh, clean leaves in abundance. A remarkable display given it really is November and hardly…

Things that caught my eye today – Ideas to brighten up the garden in July, August and beyond ….

Firstly a few from home this evening - I'm particularly pleased with the lilies in the front garden, wafting their intoxicating fragrance for weeks now - and the bright blue Campanula Blue Octopus, flowering for over a month. Then (below) more from my day at Petersham Nurseries. Plenty of colour as we move into midsummer…

Roses, like you had to guess … plus some herbaceous beauties. A few things that caught my eye at Petersham Nurseries today –

Well I had my macro lens with me today, hence the kind of images you have here - and plenty of roses to draw the eye (and nose - to take a gorgeous sniff). Not much time but I had to photograph some flowers today after a day photographing a wedding yesterday. Lovely, lively day…

New Girls on the Block… fresh from David Austin

You might have gathered that it is pretty much Roses All the Way this week and I'll be showcasing the three new roses from David Austin at Petersham Nurseries this coming Friday, when I'll be talking about Old-fashioned and English Roses as part of a full weekend of events celebrating their 10th Birthday Celebrations. I…

Almost, nearly there: David Austin’s finest – the promise of a good year for the roses?

This time last year, nothing. Barely a bud, nothing even closely resembling a flower. The month-long Sub-Zero ºC that was March 2013 put back the roses until July. This year, after a mild winter and some early sunshine (and the possibility of a long warm summer), I think it will be a good year for…