I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas… Hellebores, Tulips, Amaryllis, Anemones, Narcissus, Moth Orchids, Jasmine…

Plenty of choice here if you are looking to furnish your home and compliment a winter garden with white-flowering lovelies - tulips of course will be flowering outside next Spring but here is a taster of things to come. Paperwhite narcissus are properly in bloom now and fragrant they are too - next Spring look…

What have I been up to, I hear you ask? Behold British Cut Flowers & Richmond Hill, Festive outdoor containers, twinkling lights at Petersham, Pyromania, Air plants and Terrariums, scented pelargoniums and baubles!

British grown cut flowers at Petersham Nurseries this week - Cornish Anemones, Tulips, Ranunculus in mulberry shades, Woodstock Hyacinths - with Kokedama cyclamens hyacinths and other delights for the lunchtime table... A few pictures to follow, as I have been rather busy, Christmas and wotnot, visiting family Up North, and these pages have been blank…

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…

My day in just 12 pictures – well it would have been more, but the Parrot Tulips have already had their moment…

Fritillaria persica (above) Camassia (below) Reminding me that it is still officially Spring - a golden display of narcissus and below, another softly-shaded tulip. I must ask for the name. (above) The flower buds from the Isaac Newton Apple Tree (see earlier post) and (below) the goblet-bloom of Magnolia soulangeana The Regal Pelargoniums have arrived,…

Tulip time – the flame colours are winning out but then again… how chic are Carnaval de Nice and Estella Rijnveld

Tulip Carnaval de Nice Tulip Estella Rijnvald (above) A pyre of Tulip Princess Irene   Fritillaris imperialis - just about holding its own with the fire-bright tulip, Princess Irene

Rococo – just the most flamboyant, frilled, flame-coloured Tulip

Tulip Rococo An early, short-ish tulip, in volcanic shades of scarlet, crimson, cerise and orange. Frilled, puckered and alternately silky-sheeny-shiny and matt, with yellow, green and black, for good measure. The carnival outfit for the outspoken plant in Little Shop of Horrors. An excellent variety for a container - these are in a quite shallow…

A day in the life… lawncare – how to deal with moss (see WMD’s), tulip displays, a bit of planting and planning a blue & white border….

Just on my doorstep, a bright sparky tulip to set me on my way - and amid a street full of blossom, something a little darker than the usual bubble-gum pinks many Cherries adopt - And on to my first job, a local garden with a lawn more moss than grass - a fine, deep…

A bolt of voltage orange – Get thee behind me, pale pastels!

Anyone who has seen my Facebook or Twitter account (@Martin_Ogden), will already have seen pictures of these intense-shock-therapy-orange tulips, a furnace-like pot of them on my front doorstep - but I am in a proselytizing mood and Orange domination is the theme... If you are uncertain as to my commitment to this bravest of colour…