Monthly Archives: February 2019

Snowdrops Display Visit

Gordon and Judith Rae’s garden is perfect for showing off snowdrops: many are planted in terraces, which are at waist height, so no going down on one’s knees.  There were clumps of snowdrops everywhere, too many to count but we will take Gordon’s word for it that there were at least 150 different varieties, all clearly labelled.

A small part of the garden

The snowdrops were at their best, and a walk crisscrossing the large garden perfectly illustrated the different shapes, sizes and colour marks among the species. Interspersed between the bulbs were beautiful hellebores and small, colourful cyclamen, all set against “50 shades of green”.

Advice from the Expert!

Gill and Liz were amongst the helpers providing tea and biscuits, which also offered an opportunity to admire the capsule exhibition of specimen snowdrops, and to catch up with the many other Grayshott Gardeners members and visitors.

Hot drinks and biscuits!

This visit had been postponed from early February, due to snow, but proved well worth the wait.

Thank you Gordon and Judith!  (photos John Price)

Nick Bailey on 365 days of Colour

A packed village hall eagerly awaited the arrival of Nick Bailey, a little later than expected, due to a delay at Waterloo Station caused by an incident on the line. After the warm-up act comprising Gill (upcoming events), Vanessa (Hidden Gardens 2019) and Gordon (Snowdrop viewing on Saturday), the audience was well-primed to warmly welcome Nick Baily, horticulturalist, author, award-winning TV presenter and garden designer.

(Lesley Cook Headshots)

Nick spent part of his extensive and varied 15-year career as Head Gardener at Chelsea Physic Garden, which has its own micro-climate,  which Nick took full advantage of when redesigning the gardens and diversifying the plant collection. A visit is definitely recommended.

Continuing with the main theme of colour (usually against a general background of nearly 90% green foliage) Nick then told us how to add colour by interplanting, and contrasting or harmonising colours. He identified the gardener’s colour wheel as a useful aid for pinpointing nuances of colour.

All this led up to a series of slides showing colourful flowers and plants taken from his best-selling book 365 Days of Colour, which has tips as well as lists of plants which will provide year-round colour in our gardens.

365 Days of Colour by Nick Bailey is available from