Some plants don’t flower for long and although they can excite us with their fleeting beauty, the brevity of their blooming often leaves us wanting more.  If you’re looking for a plant with a generous, floriferous nature, and ability to bloom throughout the summer months, let me recommend Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (‘Gerwat’) (PBR).

‘Rozanne’ is a hard-working perennial.  Plant ‘Rozanne’ in your garden now and enjoy her blooms all summer, safe in the knowledge that next year (and in future years) ‘Rozanne’ will return to delight you! 

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (‘Gerwat’) (PBR) was selected as the winner of the RHS Plant of the Centenary, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show back in May 2013.  What makes this plant so special?  ‘Rozanne’ has a lot to offer.  This hardy geranium produces large (5cm) intense, violet-blue coloured flowers that have white centres and this plant has a longer flowering period than many other geraniums. 

Geranium phaeum is a hardy perennial plant that produces dark maroon coloured flowers, which provide valuable food for bees and butterflies.  Also known as the dusky cranesbill – this plant’s common name is quite apt, as this Geranium’s flowers really are a dusky colour.  Remove flowering stems as they fade, to encourage your plant into a longer flowering season.

Geranium phaeum grows to 80cm (2.6ft) tall, the leaves have dark markings which match rather nicely with its flowers. 

Narcissus ‘Geranium’ is a tazetta daffodil cultivar, from Division 8 of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Daffodil Classification System.  Narcissus ‘Geranium’ produces up to six flowers per flowering stem, the flowers feature white perianths and vibrant orange cups.

In the UK, Narcissus ‘Geranium’ usually flowers during April.

Narcissus ‘Cragford’ is very similar in its appearance to Narcissus ‘Geranium’; you can compare the performance, scent, and flowering period of these two daffodil cultivars via my Scented Daffodil Trial Reports. 

Ideas for Celebrating Father’s Day 2023!

Father’s Day is on Sunday 18th June 2023.  I hope that my list of special garden events and activities held over the Father’s Day 2023 weekend will help you to enjoy a memorable, happy, and very special weekend with your family and friends.  To save time scrolling, click on the links in the headings above. 

An Update from my Wildlife Pond in the Intense Heat of Summer & the Drought of 2022

Hello, and welcome to my wildlife pond during the heatwave and drought of 2022.  I’ve been anxiously watching the water level in my pond as it recedes.  I’ve invested in another water tank and I’ve been busy scouring the local area for any second-hand water butts and water tanks for sale. 

When midsummer passes us by, rhubarb production naturally slows down.  Unless you’re growing a late summer and autumn cropping rhubarb (like ‘Livingstone’), stop picking rhubarb now to allow your plants to build up their strength for next year’s harvests.  Rhubarb thrives in wet summers.  After heavy rain (or a thorough watering), spread a mulch of well-rotted manure or homemade garden compost over the soil around your plants.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 (part three)

Welcome to the third part of my overview of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 (see part one here and part two here)……

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 (part two)

Welcome to part two of my overview of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 (if you missed part one, please click here).  Let me take you on a tour of the gardens and exhibits I visited at this year’s very special autumn RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021…..

2021 Daffodil Events

To see my 2022 Calendar of Daffodil Garden Openings, Daffodil Shows, & Daffodil Events, please click here.

Daffodils are full of spring cheer!  I want to brighten up your spring and so I’ve created this calendar of daffodil events.  If you’ve got a daffodil talk, daffodil walk or daffodil garden opening, do let me know and I’ll add your event to this calendar.

If you suffered any gardening disappointments last year, I want to help you improve your growing techniques, so you’ll experience the uplifting joy of gardening success, this year!

Gardening is such a positive hobby, growing plants truly enriches our lives; yet it can be utterly disheartening when seedlings die, our plants decline to flower or fruit, or don’t perform as well as we hoped. 

2020 Calendar of Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales, and Swaps

Happy new year!  Happy new plants!  Here are the dates and details of plant sales, plant festivals, plant swaps, seed swaps, and other super opportunities to buy wonderful, locally grown plants at fantastic prices; as well as details of events where you can swap plants or seeds for free!  Great quality, rare, hard to find, special, and unusual plants can be found at the specialist plant fairs and other events that I have listed for you below, in this, my 2020 Calendar of UK Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales, and Swaps!

2020 Calendar of Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales, and Swaps

To see my 2022 calendar of Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales, and Swaps, please click here.

Happy new year!  Happy new plants!  Here are the dates and details of plant sales, plant festivals, plant swaps, seed swaps, and other super opportunities to buy wonderful, locally grown plants at fantastic prices; as well as details of events where you can swap plants or seeds for free!  

Snowdrop Events Calendar 2020

To head straight to my 2022 Snowdrop Events Calendar, please click here.

Welcome to my 2020 Snowdrop Gardens, Talks, Events, and Open Days Calendar!  Here are the dates, and all the details of the openings of the most beautiful and magnificent snowdrop gardens across the UK, Ireland, America, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands.  These gardens are all opening to allow visitors the chance to experience the joy of visiting their snowdrop collections.  

It’s so wonderful to see how plants and gardens can bring people together.  Garden designer, David Neale designed and built the Silent Pool Gin Garden, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.  This urban garden celebrates the transformative power of plants, demonstrating how even a small, awkwardly shaped garden, in the centre of town, can be an oasis of calm; a place where city dwellers can relax and unwind. 

Garden Designer, Andrew Duff, sculptor David Harber, and Estate Agents Savills have worked together to produce a Show Garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.  This garden was created with a shared desire to demonstrate how to add useful and effective, natural beauty to improve urban areas by creating sustainable woodland gardens.  The Savills and David Harber Garden comes complete with all the features that we look for in a beautiful garden, including: a pond, specimen trees, plants, and sculpture.

Burgon & Ball Container Root & Transplanting Knife

This year, Burgon & Ball have launched a new range of gardening tools, which have been especially designed to help gardeners tend to their container plants.  These Burgon & Ball, container gardening tools, are endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society.  All the tools in this range, come with a ten year guarantee.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Welcome to the second part of my overview of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.  (If you missed the first part of my Chelsea overview, click here to see the first instalment.)

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s most prestigious flower show.  Held in the Royal Hospital’s grounds, at Chelsea, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a great place to find inspiration and ideas for your home and garden. 

RHS Back to Nature Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Last year, HRH the Duchess of Cambridge began a collaboration with Chartered Landscape Architects and Designers, Andrée Davies and Adam White, (from Davies White Ltd), to work on a design for the RHS Back to Nature Garden; a Feature Garden, that was especially designed, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

A highlight of the horticultural calendar, the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show runs from Tuesday 21st May 2019, to Saturday 25th May 2019.

In preparation for the show, over the past three weeks, award winning garden designers, together with their teams, made up of some of the best landscape architects, project managers, builders, technicians, horticulturalists, artists, and crafts people, have been working tirelessly to transform the Royal Hospital’s grounds at Chelsea, into a plant filled oasis.