Teddington Gardener abroad – Eyrignac et ses Jardins in the Dordodgne …

  A cheat, since I haven't left my post code even recently, but I've definitely enjoyed looking back at some of the gardens visited in the autumn of 2017 across the Perigord and Dordogne - and this was the highlight, the gardens at Eryignac. The sun was shining and since the topiary and design were…

Nymans, pure Romance …

  Lockdown continues and these gardens, as are all, are closed to the public and so it is back to the archives and this collection of photographs from early May last year. I've brought it forward as the Wisteria has really taken to the warm days we have enjoyed this past few weeks and is…

Nymans, pure Romance …

  After dropping my Sister- and Mother- in law off at Gatwick Airport, a short drive down the M23 to Nymans, a National Trust Property of great charm. Romantic ruins, beautiful gardens, far reaching views across woodland and downs, formal gardens and naturalistic, some tragedy, some infamy, quite a lot of beauty. Sadly too early…

More from Petersham House Open Gardens …

A play with the camera first thing this morning, before the crowds, with a few at the end of the day, with the longer shadows. A cycle in along the river this morning and again on the way home, quite delightful. Hundreds of visitors for the gardens, four hundred? five hundred?, enjoying the double borders…

Teddington Gardener abroad – Eyrignac et ses Jardins in the Dordodgne …

A late summer - nearly autumnal - tour of Bordeaux and the hinterland heading past Bergerac into the Dordogne. I'd been last there in 1991, zipping around in an electric blue Peugeot 205 GTI (and one sold recently, not the same special edition even, for £38,000. Not bitter, not a jot). This time around, in…

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…

Nymans – Horticultural Pedigree

One of my favourite gardens here - Nymans, in Handcross, a few miles south of Gatwick and featuring gothic ruins, expansive views, woodland, formal gardens, a grove of Davidia involucrata (the Handkerchief Tree), a 100' pergola walkway smothered in Wisteria, the first Heather Garden in the UK, tropical planting, double herbaceous borders, superb salvias, a…

A hebe that thinks it’s a box

Hebe buxifolia nana - perfect tiny stacking towers of deep green, shiny leaves A dwarf 'boxwood' Hebe, a neat compact domes plant, growing no more than 30cm tall and wide, white flowers in the spring marking this out as something other than a clipped topiary box (Buxus). Native of New Zealand  - my town garden…