Dale Chihuly – Glass at Kew Gardens – May 2019

                            A look back to last year when the gardens and glasshouses were once again a home to the glass works by Dale Chihuly. Gone now of course even if the gardens were open, so please don't visit, when we can, expecting…

A Grand Day Out – Loseley House & Gardens – Within the Walled Garden, a Rose Garden, Flower Garden, White Garden, Herb and Edible Garden, and then a Moat, Tudor House, Parkland ….

Thank goodness for that - only having lived within striking distance of this Tudor House, Walled Garden and Parkland just down the A3 between Guildford and Godalming - for nigh on 19 years - we got there! And we were not disappointed. This is a busy estate and a very busy wedding venue - so…

Dale Chihuly – Glass at Kew Gardens

                            I'll let the photos do the talking for this piece - Dale Chihuly back at Kew Gardens - last visiting in 2006 if memory serves and a welcome return. Several locations across the gardens and I don't think I saw them…

A few houseplants (Practise what you preach…)

A few of my houseplants, dotted throughout the conservatory, kitchen, sitting room, bedrooms and bathrooms and all with their own particular requirements for sunshine, shade, indirect but bright light, humidity and watering regime. Plenty of room for more I think though .... Many of the pots are Burmese, though I should correctly say from Myanmar.…

Club Tropicana …

  Tropical and desert plants from foreign parts, lush temperate foliage and home grown beauties - you might head to Kew and the Princess of Wales Conservatory for their Orchid Festival, which opens today and runs for a glorious steamy month at Kew Gardens - but you might get a taste for all that and…

A touch of frost …

A thorough frost yesterday morning, the first of the year in these balmy parts, and the plants were beautifully rimed in ice. Sunshine too -  a perfectly bright chill morning cycling to work, through the avenues behind Ham House. I should have had my camera with me - so much more versatility but the iPod…

Luxuriating in decay – the Glasshouse Borders at RHS Wisley

The Glasshouse Borders at RHS Wisley There is much to recommend these borders - the long double beds running down from the Fruit Mount to the Lake and running in concentric, linking arcs around the reflecting mirror of water and bounding the Glasshouse. Add a clear sky and low slanting sun, at the end of…

Teddington Gardener Goes International… Madeira explored (Part 1. Quinta da Casa Branca)

A base for a couple of weeks horticultural adventuring - and a little relaxation - on the island of Madeira, a volcanic outcrop in the midst of the Atlantic with a bewildering variety of exciting plant life to explore. Our hotel, Quinta da Casa Branca, despite the greenery and seclusion evident from these photographs, is…