Things that caught my eye etc., etc., – and a gourmet tour of the East End (didn’t expect that, did you!)

A day at Petersham Nurseries, working I might add, dispensing horticultural advice and bon-mots to a pretty happy crowd - weather warm but not too warm, a good breeze, plenty of plants to pretty the place up, time to talk to the customers - and keep everything watered - and time to make a few…

Madeira? Not this time…

Bougainvillea in rich orange and the more usual purple but not in Madeira - these colourful climbers are much, much closer to home - I've saved the air fare and didn't have to book a Boutique Hotel this time - but I still get to enjoy a taste of the fantastic flora I saw bedecking…

Teddington Gardener goes International – Madeira Explored (Part 4. Jardim Botanico/Botanic Gardens)

The Botanic Gardens in Funchal, Madeira, are, and this is not a surprise, steeply terraced gardens with a mix of native and international flora, displayed in tropical, desert, formal, forest, succulent, medicinal and herbal.... different zones with winding paths leading up and down the hillside. There is a sad and unnecessary aviary here too with…

Researching the Mediterranean Garden…

A little trip to southern Turkey, on the Mediterranean, to soak up some garden inspiration.... Palms, pines and ancient olives... and mimosa, hibuscus, bougainvillea, vines, eucalyptus, lantana, opuntia, peaches and lemons, slender cypress....  a few aromatic and atmospheric planting ideas for UK gardens I think! and a little of this too - well, all work…