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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Postcards from Hanoi

I am so happy to have visited Hanoi at last. Please enjoy these vintage-style postcards, a product of my iPhone, Snapseed and too much time spent on aeroplanes!

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Scents of Saigon

On the odd occasion my work and love of plants and flowers cross over – usually when it comes to sourcing artificial flowers, but sometimes when exploring fragrance. Many Asian countries have scents which I closely associate with them. The good ones (!) include spicy rose and marigolds in India, lemongrass in Thailand, garlic and […]

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In love with Adeniums

I am not sure what it is that attracts me to this rather gaudy plant. Everything about it shouts “look at me”, from its stumpy and bloated trunk to its lipstick-pink flowers. But it’s totally tropical, outrageously oriental and pretty photogenic to boot. Enjoy or shrink back in horror, I won’t mind either way!

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Vietnamese Yellow Apricot Blossom

Dien Hoa village, in a central province of Vietnam, has become famous for growing bonsai apricot trees. Before the Lunar New Year many people visit the village to choose an apricot tree to decorate their home during the New Year festival, known as ‘Tet’. A 10 year old bonsai can cost thousands of dollars and […]

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Confucius, he say ……..

“He who carries giant satsuma tree on back of bicycle must take great care on journey”. Clearly he never said that, although I think it’s still sound advice. I never thought I’d be quoting the 2564 year old Chinaman in a gardening blog, but I have taken a shine to some of his pearls of […]

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On The Road to Ha Long, Vietnam

I couldn’t resist stopping the car to admire these luscious lettuce on the journey between Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. So green, they still managed to glow brightly under the gloomy sky.

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Vertical Living in Vietnam

The rain has finally stopped. As a result the temperature is a very pleasant 31 degrees with a nice breeze. I am enjoying the last few hours in Vietnam before flying to Hong Kong. This morning I visited one of my favourite showrooms in Saigon, where as much attention is paid to the landscaping as […]

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