The Thames Garden Bridge – Elevated Eden or Floral Folly?

Great cities have one thing in common – ambition.  Some display this tastefully, others gaudily, but all want to be bigger, higher, newer and more culturally vibrant than the other. London, already a world-class city, sometimes finds its style cramped by its historic past.  New buildings must not obstruct views towards St Paul’s cathedral and the […]

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Remembering London 2012

This time last year I was already in the Olympic stadium, watching the warm up for the opening ceremony.  Unlike today, the skies were a brooding grey, shedding the odd few spots of rain.  The world shared in the spectacular and moving event that was to follow. London 2012 may be in the past, but […]

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Chelsea 2013: East Village Garden Snapshot

I suspected it may be among my favourite show gardens, and it is. Not least because, unlike some of its peers, most of the flowers are in full bloom in spite of the chill weather. Designed by Michael Balston and Marie-Louise Agius, the garden celebrates the creation of East Village, the first neighbourhood to emerge […]

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The Very Best of 2012 – A Year In Pictures

Where has 2012 gone? Despite so many memorable occasions – the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics, our trip to beautiful Burma, the birth of this blog (!?) – the year has flown by and is almost at an end.  Reflecting on 2012 provides a precious reminder of how lucky we are to have our health […]

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Gold Medal Gardens – Southern Hemisphere

Visitors to the Olympic park via the bustling Stratford entrance were for two weeks greeted by the showiest of the London 2012 gardens, representing the Southern Hemisphere. To my mind these were among the most successful plantings, representing the British fascination with tender perennials dating back to the 19th century. Judging by the number of […]

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Gold Medal Gardens – North America

As the “Golden Games” draw to a close there is a sense of great pride and celebration in the UK.  We have diving and the 5,000 metres to look forward to tonight, so perhaps Team GB has time for a final gold medal flourish.  I for one will be feeling just a little bit bereft […]

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Busy Doing Nothing

Unlike my week, which is packed to say the least, the weekend was one of those rare and precious occasions on which there was little to do in the garden other than sit back and enjoy. This is not a state that comes naturally to me, so between reading the paper and soaking up the […]

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Very British Bouquets

What a day for Team GB’s athletes! 2 golds and now 11th in the medals table. Hopefully this is just the start. Whilst I am no sportsman, I can’t believe how much I am enjoying these games and how proud I am of our team’s endeavours. But at first sight I have to admit to […]

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London 2012 – The Opening Ceremony

By amazing chance we are back in Stratford again, but this time for the real opening ceremony. The atmosphere is already incredible. The world is in for a treat tonight. The plants I photographed on Monday are now in full bloom and as good as any flower show exhibit. The stadium seems to float in […]

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London 2012 – Let the show begin!

You saw it here first. Lovely planting on the Olympic Park ready for tonight’s rehearsal of the opening ceremony. Watsonia, Agapanthus, Dierama, Diascia and gladioli amongst others. Very South African feeling to the planting and weather to match, finally! 60,000 people here, incredible atmosphere and we have 2 of the best seats in the house! […]

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