Daily Flower Candy: The Eden Project

Our last visit to The Eden Project in Cornwall was in spring 2011. Here, a dappled river of forget-me-nots and dog’s-tooth violets (Erythronium ‘Pagoda’) mingles with the emerging foliage of bleeding hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis), hellebores and native ferns.  The smooth round pots filled with white and deep purple tulips add a touch of contemporary formality.

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Fried Fiddleheads and Asparagus

Yes, you’ve got it, these are young fern fronds, otherwise known as fiddleheads or, here in Bhutan, as ‘Nakey‘. They are either fried as a side dish or cooked and eaten with meat and chillies, the ubiquitous ingredient in Bhutanese cooking. Sold alongside long spears of asparagus, they are said to have a similar texture. […]

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Back to the Future – Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

I’ve seen the future …. and it’s kind of strange! There’s been lots in the UK travel press about the development of Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, so I was desperate to squeeze a visit into our 7 hour stop over on the way to Burma. Despite being groggy from a 12 hour flight, […]

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The Incomparable Petersham Nurseries

My work takes me to to all sorts of interesting and unusual places. Although not all could be classed as pleasant, yesterday’s visit to Petersham Nurseries, near Richmond Upon Thames, was more than enough to lift the spirits. The nurseries, in the grounds of the Petersham House Estate, have become famous for their Michelin starred […]

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The Colour Green

Nothing brings me greater pleasure in May and early June than all the beautiful shades of green in the garden.  Those precious moments before the colours darken are normally fleeting, but this year’s cooler weather seems to have preserved them a little longer. For me, translucent beech leaves emerging in the sunlight are the ultimate […]

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