Madeira? Not this time…

Bougainvillea in rich orange and the more usual purple but not in Madeira - these colourful climbers are much, much closer to home - I've saved the air fare and didn't have to book a Boutique Hotel this time - but I still get to enjoy a taste of the fantastic flora I saw bedecking…

Five pictures to brighten a wet Monday… cosmos, sunflowers, violas, zinnias in orbit – and Thug, the Petersham Cat….

The cosmos are still floating around at head height, self-supporting and with ferny-filmy foliage - they have just kept on going and going this season with more to come... Likewise the sunflowers have had a great season, though their flower power is slowing down and much seed is being set. The zinnias, another late season…

Thug, the Petersham cat, reminding us that is is bulb planting time…

We might just have stepped into September, but bulb planting - or at least bulb choosing time - is upon us. Certainly the best choice in the shops is now, even if you are going to delay planting up in the garden and in containers for a few weeks yet. Tulips really should be left…

Sunday, Monday – Happy Days…. sweet peas, dahlias, the Petersham Cat and more….

A few pictures from yesterday and today, two gloriously sunny days at Petersham Nurseries. Just lovely.

More Wisteria, a Spring Garden and a Fragrant Cat –

I've recently found and photographed some rather grand properties, or at the very least, expensive ones - over which wisteria has been artfully draped. This mid-terrace by Teddington Lock is probably pricey, but it is not palatial. The wisteria however, is quite extravagant. The Cutting Garden at Petersham Nurseries this morning. You can almost hear…

Random scenes from Thursday – Daffodils, Fashion Shoots, Semperviven barrels, lovely things, deep-dark violas – and Thug.

A busy day today, at Petersham, with Harper's Bazaar holding a fashion shoot in the teahouse and much coming and going. Lovely people and I might have to buy a copy of their July edition to see the fruits of their labours - Meanwhile, darling, much activity in organising the stock and ordering new plants…