Lavender Pond Nature Reserve, SE16 5DZ

‘…Lavender Pond Nature Park was created in 1981 by LB Southwark in conjunction with the Trust for Urban Ecology and Landuse Consultants Ltd. It was once in the northern part of the Surrey Commercial Docks established in 1864 [and] finally closed in 1969. Nearby are remnants of the earlier industrial use, the Lavender Lock built in 1863…

Libertia Grandiflora

The Libertia Grandiflora is now in its 6th year and absolutely filled with flowers stalks which are just starting to open – I am looking forward to the display over the next few weeks, and I am sure the camera will be very busy too.

Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens, Cape Town

Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens lies just behind Table Mountain in Cape Town and I wrote about the history of the Gardens on London Traveller. Here I am going to indulge myself further in enjoying the scenery and the plants.

A Shady Patio Bed in London

I am finding the Patio Bed another difficult area – semi-shaded, good soil but chalky a few feet down. I was not happy with the positioning of plants last year and so I have made some changes this year, the second year.

Sloping site – first ideas

We have to tackle a blank canvas and a sloping site – and the plants need to be HARDY. The soil is normal, and there is sunshine, apart from the shade under the magnolia tree. What to plant underneath the magnolia tree? Euphorbias, Brunnera, Bergenias… They murmured something about ‘a table and chairs for sipping wine…’…

The Cycad Collection, Durban Botanical Gardens

The wonderfully peaceful and green oasis of the Durban Botanical Gardens lies between the City of Durban and the hills of the Berea and is the oldest Botanical Gardens in Durban, founded in 1849, and modelled on the Gardens in Cape Town. The Cycad Collection is apparently the rarest in the world and has been built up since…

Last tidyup before Spring

It was a mild day in Suffolk, and not raining so I had a chance to tidy up in the garden – a task I had not anticipated doing until March! I cleared Japanese Anemones off the paving and cut down the sedums – both are on the compost heap now. And although it is…

We need cold weather!

The garden in Suffolk is not going to sleep – we need cold weather! One of the clematis, ”Prince Charles’, is sending out new growth, the Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ are starting to grow, and the primroses are flowering – what should I do? Even ‘William Shakespeare’ is still flowering.