Drifts of Snowdrops

Drifts of Snowdrops

Well if you would like to see some stunning snowdrops this garden is abundant with them. Painswick Rococo Garden has them spilling down the hillsides and throughout the forest floor.

Even on a dull day it was beautiful.IMG_9378

Companion planting of coloured Cornus stems and Hellebores mix with evergreen shrubs.IMG_9368

A stunning carpet of Cyclamen hederifolium spreads out beneath the white blooms in some areas,


whilst a complement of evergreen ferns Asplenium Scolopendrium (Hart’s Tongue) supplement the mass of snowdrops in others.


Don’t rely on my poor photos as you can catch a glimpse on their video. https://vimeo.com/252180121

If you have a chance, do go and look. There are several species of Snowdrop together with their own special Galanthus Atkinsii which is a tall variety. You can purchase the plants in the green to plant up now. I have to add rather a lot to my garden to create the same effect. Thankfully you can achieve a beautiful display even in a small area.

Radicepura Garden Festival 2017

Radicepura Garden Festival 2017

I was lucky enough to get a guided tour of this new garden festival in Sicily when visiting recently. What a delight. There were not a large number of show gardens but all had been constructed with care and attention to detail and had survived an extremely hot summer. The use of native plants that have been specifically researched and known cultivars which are suitable for the Mediterranean climate were a revelation. One exhibit shows the land map of Italy and its specific flower, fruit, nut and vegetable production particular to regions in the country. The planting had really matured this late in the season so looked far better than my photographs show.

This is a very new site and event and I look forward to the next show in 2019. The UK was well represented this year by Sarah Eberle and James Basson, both well known Chelsea Gold medal winners. The designs were all to a very high standard and the explanations to long for me to give here so check out the website.

It was so quiet, we had the whole place to ourselves. Make a note in your diary for the next event. 17radicepura_aprile17_creditialfiogarozzo


Mount Etna in the background, an exceptional tropical house and art installations. A good excuse to visit Sicily.

Stay in one of the Agritourismo Sicily hotels, or move around and try a few as we did. https://www.agriturismo.it/en/farmhouse/sicily


Is It Nearly Spring?

Is It Nearly Spring?


As the catkins open up and start to release their pollen it looks as though spring is just around the corner. The Hellebores have been in flower for a while and once the old foliage is removed  they look stunning with a real splash of colour. Crocus, snowdrops and daffodils are all in full bloom here too. Thank you to Rich Walker for this lovely image.


These Hellebores were photographed by Susan Rushton at Gresgarth Hall . Stunning examples. See https://susanrushton.net/

Hellebore Day

Secret Garden Sunday 12 June

Secret Garden Sunday 12 June

Through the garden gate

Visit Ryton, TF11 9JL for the SECRET GARDEN SUNDAY  event on 12 June, 12 noon till 5 pm. 12 gardens, plant stall, classic cars, name the gnome trail and Queen’s Birthday teas. Tickets on sale at the car park on the day. £4.00 per adult and children under 12 free.