Planting in parks in Oviedo

My Six on Saturday is planting in parks in Oviedo, and my last offering from Northern Spain. These plantings are in the Park of San Francisco in the city of Oviedo. I enjoyed a walk through the park every day and it was also well-used by local people who strolled there during the day. In…

Looking for inspiration in Greenwich Park

It has been a chilly, damp, grey day in London, one of those days when you don’t really want to do anything but know you ought to take some exercice. So I took myself to Greenwich Park to compare progress with the London Garden.

Magnolias in Greenwich Park

It is a long time since I posted here! In the inbetween monthsI have been to France, undertaken house renovation, and prepared for a photography exhibition which is just two weeks away now. I have been iimmersed in the Breton Church Closes and will be returning to Brittany soon to continue with the project.

Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall in early June

Rainham Hall was built in 1729 for Captain John Harle and is adjacent to the Church of St Helen and St Giles in Havering. Next to the Hall are the stables and Lodge. Captain John Harle (1688-1742) was a Master Mariner, ship owner, and who traded in building materials, coal, and foodstuffs around the UK and as…

Chateau of Trevarez

The Chateau of Trevarez in Brittany

This year has been a scramble from the beginning – photography exhibition, two weeks in Brittany, a working trip to Northern France, and volunteering and photographing with Open Garden Squares Weekend in London. Blogging is out of order, but posting on Brittany is next and I must share with you the wonderful gardens at the Chateau of Trévarez which is…

Crossrail Place Roof Garden

Crossrail Place Roof Garden & Open Garden Squares Weekend

You might think you were in a Park – but this is a Roof Garden – Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf and it is GORGEOUS!  Do visit during Open Garden Squares Weekend when there were will lots of things to do, in addition to enjoying the plants and the green space.

The Obesa Nursery, Graaff Reinet

The Obesa Nursery

The Obesa Nursery in Graaff Reinet should be on every gardener’s ‘must-visit’ list! This extraordinary succulent and cactus nursery occupies a vast site behind the main street in Graaff Reinet and is a wonderland of strange shapes and colours. I suspect you either love it or hate it – no time or space for hesitation here. If I…

Dahlias in The Thabor Gardens, Rennes

The Thabor Gardens, a wonderful 10-hectare Park/Gardens, is in the centre of Rennes – a must-visit! I wrote about the Gardens on the travel blog and here I would like to share the dahlias, which were in full bloom and quite simply spectacular.  

Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne – Jardins Romantiques

The Jardins Romantiques is the second garden in the Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne and, as in 2015, I spent a lot of time in the Garden of the Rising Sun. But this year we walked through Le Bois Décisif and round the opposite side of the lake.