If Kew Gardens was a little more on my doorstep, I’d have popped in to see their recent orchid exhibition. As it isn’t, I’ve been revisiting pictures taken at an orchid display I did manage to see, around this time of year in 2013 at Longwood Gardens, near Philadelphia. The plants were in tip top condition, displayed against a wall with a natural green patina effect that created an interesting backdrop to the blooms.
When I checked out the Longwood Gardens website, I discovered this year’s Orchid Extravaganza is on until 27th March. If you can get there quickly, you’ll also be able to catch their blue poppies (Meconopsis ‘Lingholm’) at the peak of flower. Continue reading “Flower Gallery: Orchids at Longwood Gardens”
I’m continuing my series of posts on this year’s crop of rose photographs with Rosa ‘Jude The Obscure’, one of the most wonderfully scented English roses. I haven’t got many decent pictures of this variety: this is about the best. Continue reading “Gallery of English Roses: apricot, orange and peach”
Autumn is drawing near and the colder weather has prompted me to think about sharing this season’s rose pictures before it becomes next season! My cover shot rose is ‘Golden Celebration’. I also took an upwards facing flower, but somehow prefer this one with its heavy blooms cascading downwards. Continue reading “Gallery of English Roses: yellows”
I wish I could share the heady, sweet, warm and complex scent of these voluptuous magnolias: sadly all I have is memories and photos. If you’ve inhaled their perfume in the past, try drawing on your scent memory as you look at the pictures – it works at least a little for me! Continue reading “Magnolias: the scent of the South”
I promised to share more pictures from my most recent visit to Gresgarth Hall – here they are. I’ve tried to give you a quick private tour of this lovely winter garden.
It’s not often I’ve had the chance to see so many mature hellebores flowering. I wanted to try to capture a different impression of these generous plants than a picture of just one single flower can convey.
Continue reading “Winter garden: Gresgarth Hall”