I called in at RHS Wisley during their annual show this September. Now that’s horticulture on a very grand scale: an extensive, beautifully tended collection of plants Continue reading “RHS Wisley makes buying plants easy”
Friday photo: Astrantia (common name masterwort) creates a highlight against a colourful, living tapestry of flowers in a large perennial border. Continue reading “Floral tapestry”
Gresgarth Hall is home to landscape designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd and her husband Mark. Her private garden, open to visitors ten days each year, has been shaped by her artist’s eye for colour, a scholar’s understanding of structure and a seemingly effortless attention to detail.
A wild boar statue greets visitors: ‘Gresgarth’ is Norse for ‘enclosure of wild boar’. The original building dates from the 14th century – more modern additions have made it elegant as well as imposing. The hillside garden, cut through by Artle Beck, presented challenges that have drawn out all the designer’s ingenuity. Continue reading “Gresgarth Hall Gardens: review and photo gallery”
If you find yourself wondering whether you should put an apostrophe in a word that ends in s, but haven’t got a clue, this post is for you. Continue reading “Do I need an apostrophe if the word ends in s?”
I’m lucky. I’ve worked with many creative, imaginative people – and have had them as friends for most of my life. I’m thinking of Continue reading “Want to create a website and blog? Try these free resources.”
For many years, I had the luxury of spending the odd, balmy summer’s day in David Austin’s rose garden, working with leading garden photographers who visited to take pictures of roses. I plan to share a few of the techniques I learned in an occasional series. Continue reading “Tips for photographing roses 1: wait for a cloud”
One late summer afternoon in the rose garden, the stillness was broken by an old, many-petalled rose bloom finally shattering in the heat. Continue reading “Rose susurrus”