This is the very first bloom from my new rose, rosa mundi, which is in the border right outside my kitchen door. I love the way the petals look like an explosion in a raspberry ripple factory, or one of those delicious meringues from halsey’s deli. In fact, I have spent more time looking at that than I really should. However, it was an afternoon for desk time, hard as that was, given the call of the garden, Wimbledon and all…

I had received an email from a fabulous PR friend who does work for plantify.co.uk, an on-line garden website which specialises in british grown plants from specialist nurseries. It’s worth checking out, they are also supporting the Badger Beer Garden at Hampton Court next week. The designers won a silver at Chelsea this year with the garden for World Vision (it was the one with the gorgeous pulsing water at the centre) and judging from the plan this looks to be an interesting wild-Dorset-countryside-meets-contemporary-landscaping mix. I can’t wait to see it. (There is also a very tenuous link in that the design team (FlemondsMorlandDesign) studied at Capel Manor College which is where I’m off to in September. That makes us nearly friends doesn’t it?!!).

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