RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 – the show gardens, the great pavillion, the roses and … well, pretty much everything

From my walk through Chelsea, to the very last moment - a few hours in the company of the world's greatest flower show....

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham and other Violas….

In a pot of lovely but quite ordinary and diminutive bedding violas, an interloper of more considerable character. A little detective work now to see if it is a named variety... Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham perhaps? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/3346277/Winter-pansies-and-violas-How-to-grow.html

Plant Hunting in Teddington

A gentle pavement expedition, a street safari, to see what the front gardens of this particular bit of Teddington might throw up, by way of Winter Interest. With a tide of concrete washing over so many front gardens, plants are losing out to car parking at an alarming rate, with consequences for wildlife, drainage/water runoff…

Antiques Roadshow…

Viola F1 'Antique Shades' The following is from the Seedaholics website I have recommended before and is more complete than I could possibly be. Plants are on sale now in garden centres and nurseries, though seeds might be the way to go next year.... Some unbelievably coloured violas have come on the market in recent…

Cheeky Chaps

Garden Centres and nurseries are beginning to fill up with violas and pansies and with a little TLC, they can be flowering right through until spring next year. Violas are, despite their diminutive size and dainty appearance, tough little cookies, more so than the larger flowered pansies, and can stand pretty much anything the British…