The Bold and the Beautiful – Tulipmania

I'm reprising three earlier posts, now that bulbs are arriving in garden centres and nurseries - tulips and narcissus, hyacinth, crocus and all manner of buried treasure. Tulips won't mind being planted later in this year, even into November, though the choice will become more limited as stocks go down. Buy now and keep them…

Apricot Foxx, Brown Sugar, La Belle Epoque & Crown Imperials

Apricot Foxx (pink/peach), Brown Sugar (pink/orange) and La Belle Epoque (brown) are all stunning tulips in this fine display, matched perfectly with Fritillaria imperialis 'Rubra Maxima,' the Crown Imperial and a skirt of Narcissus Suzy (yellow with red centre). A rhythm of large planters along a wide terrace with a daring, close-colour harmony. Another brilliant…

Lemon sorbet, blackberry ice, tutti-frutti, raspberry ripple, orange granita…

I''ve had to console myself with a visit to the RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr, while recording Alan Titchmarsh and the goings on at the Chelsea Flower Show on the BBC. But hard done I am not, given the fantastic display at these Yorkshire gardens, as well as brunch at Betty's famous establishment, on site.…

The Bold and the Beautiful..

One of the classic tulips, Red Apeldoorn, with strong outline and bold colour. A Darwin Hybrid Group tulip bearing cherry-red flowers with signal-red margins. Insides are signal-red with yellow-bordered black marks and black anthers. Mid-spring flowering (whenever that might usually be, though now, in my garden). Height to 60cm with wide, blue-grey leaves. Darwin Group…

Bold & Brilliant

It is almost tulip time, given the speed at which spring seems to be accelerating just now. Magnolia blossom has exploded in our gardens and cherry blossom isn't far behind. I planted up 15 litre containers last autumn with Red Apeldoorn, bright-pink Barcelona, lily- flowered-bright-orange Ballerina, sultry-dark- plum Ronaldo, tall-red Doll's Minuet, white-becoming-intensely violet-purple Shirley's…

RHS London Plant & Design Show 2013

A delightful afternoon at the RHS London Plant & Design Show, with hellebores, snowdrops, iris and all manner of plants for the spring garden shown off in typically fine form by the exhibitors. Mike Parks was there for books (very glad I took a rucksack), Implementations with their copper gardening tools (I am saying nothing..),…