Six on Saturday from Oviedo, Northern Spain

My Six on Saturday comes from Northern Spain for the last time, and these plantings are in the Park of San Francisco in the city of Oviedo. I enjoyed walking through the park every day and found it was well-used by local people: they strolled there during the day; dressed up and did the paseo in the…

Six on Saturday in Ribadeo, Northern Spain

Up on the north coast of Spain, in Ribadeo, the weather continues to be glorious, with cool and misty mornings and hot afternoons. The parks here are not as generously planted as in London, and in this town the planting is not only minimal but also quite formal. Impatiens is used a lot, as are…

Six on Saturday in Villafranca del Bierzo

I am relieved to say that I am still enjoying summer weather in Northern Spain where the trees are green, but with a tinge of gold and the mornings are quite sharp. This week my Six on Saturday is all about plants hanging over balconies or under windows, and trees in streets.

Six on Saturday in the Picos de Europa, Northern Spain

Today’s Six on Saturday comes again from the mountains in northern Spain where the dahlias seems to grow abundantly. I don’t know what they are called but here are six wonderful dahlias – just beautiful!

Six on Saturday in the Picos de Europa, Northern Spain

My Six on Saturday comes to you from sunny Spain, the Picos de Europa to be more specific, where I am easing off after a difficult year. The Propagator will, I hope, allow such a breach of ‘backyard’ information! 1.Ivy Geraniums line the balcony in our rented flat and are absolutely beautiful. 2.The fruit and vegetables…

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…

South African plants in the Georges Delaselle Gardens

The Georges Delaselle Gardens on the Ile de Batz

The story of the garden began in 1897 when a Parisian businessman, Georges Delaselle, visited the island and was captivated by the exotic plants brought there by sailors. He decided to create his own exotic garden and in 1918 moved permanently to the island. As so often happens, on his death the gardens gradually fell…

The Brest National Botanical Conservation Centre

‘…The project then begins in the 1970s with the idea to create the first world botanical garden dedicated to the conservation of endangered plants – Jean-Yves Lesouëf The gardens were built in the Stang Alar Valley, previously a rubbish dump and quarry. ‘…The most precious treasures in the Botanical Conservatory Garden are found in tropical greenhouses: the largest concentration…

Jardin Exotique et Botanique, Roscoff

I had explored the greenhouses and part of the garden overlooking the bay; now there was only the woodland and inland garden left and I really didn’t want to leave!

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…