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…

Am I blue?

Asters and Hydrangeas, Salvia patens and Indigo Spires, and Caryopterix, Clematis viticella, Agapanthus, Viola, Penstemon, Verbena bonariensis, Dianella & Geranium Rozanne, Crocus and Heliotrope... the blues and violets of an Autumn garden. Mix them up with rich purples and pinks (I'm thinking Sedums here) and the golds and oranges of  Heleniums and Helianthus  - and…

The violas are back in town….

Violas from the Coconut series, ~ ice, ~ duet, ~ swirl etc., Charming little faces, which belies their near indestructible hardiness and immense flowering capacity. In addition to these colours, violas come in an extraordinarily wide palette from clear white and golden yellows to near black, though a spectrum of blue and well, violet. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/3346277/Winter-pansies-and-violas-How-to-grow.html…

and the final few from an April afternoon at RHS Wisley…

Violas and wallflowers in a very successful partnership. The viola is Etain, a particularly hardworking plant that will be in flower from spring through to autumn, needing little care other than regular watering and clipping back if it gets too leggy. I shall be copying this next year. Meanwhile, some flamingo pink in the gardens…

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,…

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…

Antique Shades

Viola Antique Shades - one of my favourites This, from the excellent Seedaholics website... Some unbelievably coloured violas have come on the market in recent years with little notice. Most gardeners pass up these rugged, cool-season performers in favour of their larger cousins, the pansies. But don't be in too much of a hurry to…

Little and Large (and Orange)

Viola Citrus (above) with Pansy Citrus (below) Hardy things, violas and pansies, and excellent for injecting some welcome long-term colour into seasonal displays - not that there is much shortage in the garden at the moment, but as the season moves deeper into autumn and on into winter and pigments leach from the landscape, these…

Life after the petunias….

Viola Beacon Blue - just one from a myriad choice of violas and larger flowered pansies Large-flowered Cyclamen, bringing colour to autumn and winter containers September next week it is, and the nights are drawing in. Containers full of summer colour - lobelias, petunias, marigolds, begonias and all that - might be looking a little…