Samstag, 17. Februar 2018

A new beginning

Welford Park today
Okay, I know. I am trying, but at some point there are so many photos that sifting through all of them becomes scary. So I am trying to start again.

Last year I missed out on the snowdrops at Welford Park and it felt weird. It had been my yearly Early Spring ritual and the start of the garden visiting season and I was determined to manage to go this year.

It felt like the first sunny weekend in ages and I don't think I ever saw the grounds this packed!

Hope you're up for a new beginning.

Much love,


On 21 June 2017, looking up to the Uffington White Horse Hill - one of the hottest days I remember here

Summer soltice sunset from the White Horse Hill

Sun sinking

Plant fair in Farnborough Rectory, NGS. Almost bought the grass for the spacey looking weeds

Roses and delphiniums at Farnborough Rectory, NGS

Alliums in Mottisfont, National Trust

Orchard at Hidcote, National Trust


Ferns in a Welsh wall

Wales, Breckon Beacons National Park

Lichen, Wales

On the way to the waterfall in Wales

On the waterfall trail. Unfortunately I can't remember the name of this one. Wrote it down somewhere ...

Glass house borders, RHS Wisley


Getting obsessed with the colours on this one ... Wisley

Wisley. Love the grey Russian Sage

Chance encounter in Wisley

Autumn colour in Furzey Gardens

Furzey, last colours


Cherry trees at Batemans (National Trust) in November, blossoms and autumn leaves at once

Seaside near Rye, East Sussex

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, November

Rye Harbour

Rye Harbour

Ypres Tower, Rye, November

Fuchsias, Winchelsea

Winchelsea, East Sussex

Avebury avenue, Winter soltice. This time there was no dramatic sunrise, just a very subtle colour change, lots of mist and clouds

Sonntag, 11. Juni 2017

NGS: Beggars Knoll

I am always trying to see a few open National Garden Scheme gardens each year but the Chinese garden at Beggars Knoll was my first for 2017. Almost next to the White Horse at Westbury and with breathtaking views over the surrounding hills, the garden is divided into many small rooms, each with a different theme and name. It was quite a windy day, the trees were 'wuthering' all around us and thinking back on it the trees in this garden probably made the strongest impression on me: mature beech trees, a massive black mulberry, gingkos, even a sezuan peppercorn tree ... but I also loved the stones and various special objects placed around the garden.

The garden is open by appointment only and a guided tour is included in the entrance fee.

Much love,

Sonntag, 4. Juni 2017

Q2 Omnibus

Orangery at Knole

I have been on the road a fair bit this Spring. My parents came to visit end of May and we met up in East Sussex to visit Great Dixter, Charleston Farmhouse and Knole and we even managed to squeeze in another trip to Furzey Gardens which was in a very interesting transitional stage from the full-on riot of the azalea and rhododendron season to a more mellow summer colour. 

During the trip to East Sussex I read Helen Attlee's The Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit, which had me slightly obsessed with owning a lemon tree, and of course the Orangery at Knole, filled with the strong scent of its flowering citrus plants, became even more fascinating.

Charleston Farmhouse, once owned by Vanessa Bell and a centre of the Bloomsbury Group going-ons has been on my list for a long time and was absolutely crammed with the most wonderful stuff but we were not allowed to take photos of the interiors ...

Much love,

Cherry blossom at Oare House

Bluebells at Oare House

Orange tip butterfly in my garden

The Sunken Garten at Great Dixter

Ladybird poppies at Great Dixter

At Great Dixter

At Great Dixter

'The House Opposite' in Rye, East Sussex

Ypres Tower in Rye

Iris in Charleston

Water feature at Charleston

Citrus plants in the Orangery at Knole

Wall in the Orangery at Knole


Furzey Gardens, third trip


Primulas and iris at Furzey


Acer at Furzey

Red vista at Furzey