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…

Wild Food Foraging with Claudio Bincoletto – a whole new world of incredible edibles – especially the bee pollen…

Claudio Bincoletto, chef, horticulturist and raconteur.. What Claudio brought with him from his own foraging trip... Omelette with hop shoots, garden nettle, calendula petals, campion.. and delicious! Satisfied customers...! We took a turn around the House Gardens to see what was edible there.. Rose petals for so many applications - candied, syrups, jams, ices, for…

Roses, Petersham Nurseries and Sunshine

Petersham Nurseries in the sunshine this afternoon. A lovely Spring Day with a beautiful, warm and sunny weekend ahead. So much to take in but I have to start with roses... Roses all the way down both sets of benches here - a diverse selection but many, many classic shrub and Old Roses and it…

Petersham Nurseries – Pure escapism

Such an extravagant place, Petersham Nurseries, a short walk across the water meadows from the River Thames, near Richmond. Items of immense beauty, artisan crafts and heights of sheer luxury - cheek by jowl with plunder from the skips of the Mediterranean and all conjured up into a heady mix of bohemian rapture. It never…

Ham House & Gardens

On this first day of spring, with a gusty southerly wind blowing along the Thames, an opportunity to call into Ham House & Gardens. We've been neighbours since moving to Teddington in 2000 and the gardens are a familiar haunt - but it was only last year that the interiors were explored. They are a…

Petersham Nurseries

Always a treat to visit this theatrical little garden centre, overlooking the water meadows (by the river, between Richmond and Ham Common). Extraordinary furniture and objets at jaw-droppingly obscene prices (part of the fun of the place), great cafe and good plant choices. I bought some big Hydrangea Annabelle there last summer, with huge football…