Flowers

‘Lovely’ is the word that best sums up the National Garden Scheme

Why the National Garden Scheme beats the Chelsea Flower Show hands down

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Isabel Hardman on the joys of nosying around other people’s flower beds

Dear Mary: How can I pin down flakey party-goers?

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Q. My 50th birthday is looming and I am hosting a small dinner in a restaurant. This has proved challenging…

Party time... blossoms at Himeji Castle in Japan

Let’s cherish the cherry blossom: its fleeting beauty is like life itself

25 March 2017 9:00 am

In what I like to think of as The Spectator’s back garden — most people call it St James’s Park…

‘Sausage Shop’, 1951, by Stanley Spencer

In our fondness for his roses we have cut off Stanley Spencer’s thorns

2 July 2016 9:00 am

In our fondness for his roses we have cut off Stanley Spencer’s thorns. It’s time to see beyond the wisteria blossom, says Laura Freeman

How a Liberal MP's inability to draw led him to invent photography

30 April 2016 9:00 am

William Henry Fox Talbot had many accomplishments. He was Liberal MP for Chippenham; at Cambridge he won a prize for…

Winner: ‘Self-Portrait’, 2013, by Thomas Newbolt

The problem with self-portraits: Ruth Borchard competition and Stranger reviewed

24 August 2013 9:00 am

My wife says you can always tell a self-portrait by the quality of its self-regard. There’s something about the eyes…

The meanest flowers that blow

19 November 2011 10:00 am

Sarah Raven comes of a botanising family. Her father John, a Cambridge classics don, travelled all over the British Isles…

Flower power

25 November 2009 12:00 am

Mrs Delaney (1700-88) is an inspiring example for old age; also a reproach to those who think ‘upper class’ a term of abuse and that women have only recently had a life.