Petersham Nurseries by way of a leisurely stroll along the Thames from Teddington (and back again)

A walk into work today on account of having pedaled the crank shaft loose on my bike these past few weeks - beyond my toolkit so it's into the repair shop tomorrow. Not wanting to drive after being so energetic, green and conscientious since the start of the roadworks three weeks ago (boring but a great…

Your garden in August – a few thoughts …

August has already given us some glorious sunshine and plenty of beautifully warm days - and while there may be a little rain (OK, a lot of rain coming) - this is a combination that our plants will absolutely love. True, the evenings are that little bit shorter now and this signals a change in…

Follow me as I tour the gardens at RHS Wisley – grasses and bananas, the Glasshouse (tropics and desert) and dry borders, fruit fields and a fragrant rose garden …

You've walked with me from the entrance at RHS Wisley through to the grass borders, across to the tropical border with towering bananas and cannas and past the dogwood collection (with willows and rubus) which are green green green at the moment but in winter are a forest of ruby, gold, scarlet, black and bone…

A little cruise up the Thames …. London by moonlight with the Petersham Crew

A summer party cruising from Kew Bridge to London Bridge - and rather conveniently, back again - with those lovely folk from Petersham Nurseries (and that's the sole horticultural link here but I hope the scenery will make up for my hijacking these pages for personal benefit). It would be a very tough ask to…

The Hive, mostly, but room here for a few other delights at Kew Gardens …

The Hive at Kew Gardens - and you had to get up quite early to see it as unpopulated - though not all to myself - as this. One photographer already on site (for The Mail? maybe...) was trying to get a 360°panorama by taking several photographs - to be stitched together later - but…

While I’m thinking about Art, a flashback to an early April visit to the Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood …

This is the Cass Sculpture Park near Goodwood - we visited in early April after a splendid wedding in Chichester and Itchenor Sailing Club - and I haven't included these pictures within my horticultural ramblings earlier. But, having loved the garden at the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden over the weekend - and it is a…

Cool, Green and Tranquil Gardens – with a twist – exploring the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

A garden visit this afternoon but not entirely for the horticulture ... This is, despite the artful additions, a just-tamed and beautiful, cool green, tranquil and quite enchanting garden - the rock and water garden to the former Leith Vale Estate built in the 1920s (Leith Vale was then owned by one Trotter, banker and…