Daily Flower Candy: Eupatorium purpureum

Need some colour at the back of your herbaceous border in late summer? Then look not further than Eupatorium purpureum, otherwise known as Joe Pye weed. The legend of Joe Pye is shrouded in mystery. He may or may not have been a Native American, living in the 18th or 19th century, and is said to […]

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Daily Flower Candy – Echinops ritro ‘White Globe’

Forming a perfect, filigree sphere this is the flower head of Echinops ritro ‘White Globe’.  I can’t recall why I omitted this work of nature’s art from my original post about Tintinhull, but now seems a fitting time to rescue it from digital oblivion.  Echinops (globe thistles) are members of the aster family, but gone are […]

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Satisfaction

I am, quite simply, chuffed to bits with our London garden right now. At times the transformation of our boggy, heavily shaded ‘lawn’ into a woodland garden, complete with winding gravel path, almost defeated us. There was sweat, there was toil and there were tamtrums. Removing sack after sack of clay subsoil laced with lumps […]

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Pure and Simple

Arranged in a simple grey marble cube, what could be prettier than this arrangement of lightly perfumed rose buds? Pictured this morning at The Trident, Gurgaon, India.

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The Trident, Gurgaon, India

The sharp eyed among you will have noticed that I travel a lot. Whilst it’s not always as glamorous as it sounds, it takes me to all sorts of interesting places and into some astonishingly beautiful hotels. The new breed of five star Asian hotels are in a class of their own when it comes […]

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The Tranquil Taj

The Taj Mahal is thought to be the most photographed monument in the world. Anyone fortunate enough to pay a visit should resist the temptation to pick up their camera immediately and instead go at dawn to soak up the tranquil atmosphere. The Taj’s gardens offer a more blurred version of the symmetry displayed in […]

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The Gardens of Constantine, Cornwall

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) is a fantastic charity, started in 1927 and now orchestrating access to thousands of private and public UK gardens each year. The publication advertising the opening dates, fondly known as the yellow book, is eagerly awaited each February. This year we’ve been trying harder than usual to get out to […]

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Sleepless in Saigon

One week in and I’m at the stage when I can count the number of hours sleep I get each night on one hand. Tomorrow will offer no respite as I head onwards to India. The upside of being in Vietnam is the food, which is as fresh as a daisy and tastier than any […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Fuchsia ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’

When I am away from home, I sorely miss my garden. Here’s one good reason why, the scarlet shooting stars of Fuchsia ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’. Just three small cuttings planted in spring were almost a metre tall by the time I left home, covered in iridescent bronze leaves and bunches of long tubular flowers. Who needs […]

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A Sweet, Secluded Spot – RHS Harlow Carr

Somehow the delights of Harrogate, an elegant spa town in the north of England, have consistently eluded me. So on my first visit in July it was a surprise to discover just how similar it is in many ways to my home town of Bath. The two famous spas differ in that Bath enjoys hot […]

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