The Fortnight Garden – Spring in Suffolk

The garden in Suffolk should really be called ‘The Fortnight Garden’ because that is what I am trying to do – make an interesting garden on a few day’s attention once a fortnight. Crazy! I returned from wonderful weeks in South Africa to find the garden in Suffolk hadn’t missed me at all; instead it…

Tall, prickly things

Logan’s Garden in Matjiesfontein

The original Karoo National Botanic Garden was created at White Hill, c.5kms away from Matjiesfontein, in 1921. It was known as the Logan Memorial Garden. However, the site proved too dry and too isolated and the garden was moved and re-established in Worcester in 1945. At the Lord Milner Hotel the guests were relaxing around…

The Karoo National Botanical Gardens in Worcester

The Karoo National Botanical Gardens in Worcester was originally created near Matjiesfontein in 1921 and moved to Worcester in 1945. We parked under a tree and set off, smothered in sun blocker, to enjoy the delights of the garden. I had visited the previous year and loved the strange forms and curious habits of the plants.

The winter garden in Suffolk

I have tidied up as much as I am going to before I need to start some serious reworking of the garden, and I am actually quite pleased. The garden is just starting its seventh year (where has the time gone?) and every year is more settled, although I am still changing, moving, and adjusting…

Jardin Exotique et Botanique, Roscoff

The garden, even in September, was just a delight! If you are ever in Brittany do try and visit. There were hardly any other visitors apart from us and we were able to wander around at leisure, uncrowded. I certainly return plan to return. We started in the greenhouses, filled with amazing succulents, and then…

Jardin Exotique et Botanique, Roscoff

The Jardin Exotique et Botanique at Roscoff is an extraordinary garden which started in 1986 when the Department of Finistère bought the Roc d’Hievec and gifted it to Roscoff. Two remarkable men, Louis Kerdilès and Daniel Person, then created a garden which today is pure delight, with plants from around the world and nearly one third from…