RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Press Day.  Monday 21 May 2018.

As a member of the the Professional Garden Photographers’ Association I was able to apply for a press pass for Press Day.  It is so much easier to photograph the displays in the Floral Marquee without the risk, on RHS Members’ day, of people tripping over one’s tripod, or getting in the way of the camera!

Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants

Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants

Salvia ‘Kisses and Wishes’. New Salvia, launched at Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Geranium nodosum ‘Clos de Coudray’

A superb display, awarded a very well deserved Gold Medal.

Jacques Amand International

Jacques Amand International

Lilium ‘Claude Stride’
Orchids. Cypripedium macranthos × calceolus, Cypripedium ‘Ivory’, Cypripedium fasciolatum.
Orchids. Cypripedium fasciolatum frochii, Cypripedium fasciolatum, Cypripedium ‘Lady Dorine’.
Lilium martagon ‘Slate’s Morning’, Gloriosa rothschildiana, Cucurma.
Lilium pumilum
Cypripedium kentuckiense, Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens
Arisaema candidissimum
Arisaema candidissimum, Arisaema griffithii var. pradhanii, Pleione formosana, Cypripedium reginae f. album.
Allium ‘Giganteum’, Allium ‘Globemaster’, Allium sphaerocephalon, Allium ‘Mount Everest, Scardoxus multiflorus.
Allium sphaerocephalon, Scardoxus multiflorus, Allium ‘Globemaster’, Allium ‘Powderpuff’, Allium jesdianum, Allium ‘Mount Everest’.
Allium ‘Globemaster’, Allium ‘Powderpuff’, Allium jesdianum, Allium ‘Mount Everest’.
Allium jesdianum ‘Michael Hoog’
Allium ‘Mount Everest’, Allium ‘Pinball Wizard, Allium jesdianum ‘Michael Hoog’.

Allium nevskianum

Allium ‘Mount Everest’, Allium jesdianum ‘Michael Hoog’, Allium ‘Pinball Wizard’, Allium ‘Ambassador’, Allium sphaerocephalon, Allium nevskianum, Allium macleanii ‘His Excellency’, Allium karataviense ‘Red Globe’.
Gloriosa superba ‘Rothschildiana’
Scardoxus multiflorus

A great display, awarded a very well deserved Gold Medal.

Chrysanthemums Direct

Chrysanthemums Direct
Chrysanthemum ‘Misty Golden’
Chrysanthemum ‘Misty Lemon’
Chrysanthemum ‘Misty Cream’
Chrysanthemum ‘Feeling Green’ and Chrysanthemum ‘Misty Cream’

Perfection!  Awarded Gold Medal.

Walkers Bulbs @ Taylors

Walkers Bulbs @ Taylors

Narcissus ‘Altun Ha’, raised by John Pearson in 1987. [Division 2 YYW-W]
Another well deserved Gold Medal

W & S Lockyer

W & S Lockyer. Primula auricula display

Another well deserved Gold Medal

RHS Members’ Day. Tuesday 22 May 2018.

A very hot day with glorious sunshine.  Some great Show Gardens, but others which were not so good.

The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC.

Designed by Chris Beardshaw. Awarded Gold Medal and Best Show Garden.


Welcome of Yorkshire

Designed by Mark Gregory

ECO-LG Garden

Designed by Hay-Joung Hwang

Trailfinders South African Wine Estate

Designed by Jonathan Snow

The M&G Garden

Designed by Sarah Price

The David Harber and Savills Garden

Designed by Nic Howard

Wuhan Water Garden, China

Designed by Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins

The water feature was great, but the planting was boring and a shadow of what they achieved in their 2017 display.  In my opinion a well deserved Bronze Medal!

Snowdrop Time

In early February 2017 I visited Benington Lordship in Hertfordshire to see the snowdrops in all their beauty.

Benington Lordship. The Manor House.
Sheets of snowdrops flowering on the sides of the moat
Late afternoon sunlight on the tree trunks in the moat
The moat
The moat with the Norman folly in the background
Snowdrops flowering in the grass above the moat
Snowdrops and winter aconites flowering in the grass beside the footpath leading to the Norman folly.
Benington Lordship. The Manor House and Norman folly, with sheets of snowdrops in the foreground looking glorious in late afternoon sunshine.
Snowdrops beside the footpath above the moat.
Snowdrops beside the footpath above the moat, leading towards the church
St. Peter’s Church, Benington
Benington Lordship. The Manor House.
The Norman folly
The Norman folly
The Norman folly archway
The Norman folly
Sheets of snowdrops flowering in the moat


Over the years I have built up a small collection of snowdrops.  I only buy single bulbs of the lower priced ones and after a few years they bulk up into good sized clumps and are a welcome sight in the garden for many weeks in the cold days of winter.

Galanthus and Pulmonaria in the Long Border.
Galanthus ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley and Pulmonaria ‘Cleeton Red’ [foreground], Pulmonaria ‘Lewis Palmer’ [left], Galanthus ‘Jacquenetta’ [top left], Galanthus ‘Silverwells’ [centre] and Pulmonaria longifolia [right].
Galanthus ‘Straffan’
Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’
Galanthus plicatus subsp. byzantinus
Galanthus ‘Jacquentta’
Galanthus ‘Bitton’
Galanthus ‘Backhouse Spectacles’

Celebration of Snowdrops. Lindley Hall, RHS London Flower Show 2018.

Avon Bulbs snowdrops display at RHS London show, February 2018
Galanthus ‘Rosemary Burnham’ on Avon Bulbs display at RHS London show, February 2018.

Lindley Hall, RHS London Flower Show 2018.

This installation from RHS Floral Artist in Residence 2018, Zita Elze, celebrates the natural transition from winter into spring, veiled in the last soft snowfall of the passing season. Among the trees and surrounded by thousands of fresh Snowdrops a banqueting table awaits, dressed in white and sparkling with clear glass and the dainty bell shaped blossoms of yet more Snowdrops, this poetic vignette is designed to transport you into a world where nature shines in pure glory of a fresh new year.

More snowdrops in my garden January and February 2019

Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’
Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’ and Crocus tommasinianus. The view from my kitchen window.
Galanthus ‘Brenda Troyle’
Galanthus ‘Galatea’
Galanthus ‘Imbolc’
Galanthus ‘Lavinia’
Galanthus ‘Melanie Broughton’
Galanthus nivalis ‘Warei’
Galanthus rizehensis
Galanthus ‘Silverwells’
Galanthus ‘Straffan’
Galanthus ‘Winifrede Mathias’

More snowdrops from January and February 2020

Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’










Galanthus ‘Brenda Troyle’










Galanthus ‘Jacquenetta’










Galanthus ‘Lavinia’










Galanthus ‘Limetree’










Galanthus nivalis ‘Melvillei’










Galanthus plicatus










Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’











Galanthus ‘Wendy’s Gold’