Two RHS gardens in one week.  The first a planned visit to Wisley with some friends and the second a spur of the moment visit to Hyde Hall over in Essex.

Self Portrait

I took lots of photographs at Wisely but, perhaps too impatient or the wrong light, wasn’t pleased with them at all.  Whilst not what I’d call a keen photographer  I do feel I should do the best I can for the blog so I’m trying hard to step away from the phone and use Derek’s Nikon.  So it was off to Hyde Hall to try and do a bit better.

It wasn’t just about the photography though, there were also a couple of nurseries that I was keen to catch up with.  Primrose Bank who put on a stunning display at Tatton Park and Ken Muir because I wanted to talk about fruit trees for the new plot.  This is a quite a small show with around fifty nurseries represented, but they’re all top notch so great if you’re in the market to buy great quality plants at a reasonable price, want plenty of choice and some face to face advice then is a good one for the diary.

What I’ve shown here are some of the things I thought were particularly interesting or pretty.









Here are the details of the nurseries and there is a gallery below, click on the image for information, double click for a larger view. I’ve also put these same photographs and a few extras over on facebook if you’d like to take a look the link is here.

A & J Plants

The Beth Chato Gardens


Ken Muir

Primrose Bank

Pheasant Acre Plants

I am linking this post to Annie’s How Does Your Garden Grow over at her blog Manneskjur.


We Will Remember Them

Poppies At RHS Wisley

Move him into the sun –
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields unsown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now
The kind old sun will know.

Think how it wakes the seeds, –
Woke, once, the clays of a cold star.
Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides,
Full-nerved – still warm – too hard to stir?
Was it for this the clay grew tall?
– O what made fatuous sunbeams toil
To break earth’s sleep at all?


Futility by Wilfred Owen

Photograph taken at RHS Wisley

Information about the Royal British Legion here.

We have chillies!  Just one or two as they ripen, but  chillies nonetheless.  I’ve spent the last couple of days at the plot taking the photographs for this post and find my self utterly fascinated by them, the flowers, the shape of the fruit, how it changes colour and having lived with these plants since January I’m feeling really rather attached to them. You may remember that this is really Derek’s project rather than mine so it’s a bit of a turnaround for me.

Hungarian Hot Wax