more of Laura’s city garden, undergoing major structural work !

live from Laura’s garden diary !

“Wet weather has stopped the final step. I was going to put a small border between the new seat & deck, but it’s a bit muddy to be digging out the old holly tree, hopefully we might get a dry spell before it gets frosty”

deck in the corner

deck in the corner

deck and rockery

The rocks on the side of the decking link in nicely with the rockery

New arbour seat, waiting for honeysuckle to grow over it next year. Final border will go behind it, leading to deck.New arbour seat, waiting for honeysuckle to grow over it next year. Final border will go behind it, leading to deck.

Old granite seat made great edging as the garden slopes there and rots fencing & log roll!An old granite seat has made great edging as the garden slopes down, to replace the rotten log roll

Tree to come out and make new border. Zachs sandpit is going on the slabs. He says i have to plant ferns in the border so that if he has dinosaurs in the sandpit they have something to eat!!!!!The tree is to come out, then the new border can be completed. Z’s sandpit is going on the slabs.

He says I have to plant ferns in the border so that if he has dinosaurs in the sandpit they have something to eat!!!

Oct 27, 2013

Laura’s city garden

Let’s see what there is in store  at the moment…

oh, whaou !


laura's acer

“It is an Acer Palmatum Dissectum, but I’ve had it about 13 years, so I can’t remember the exact variety.”, Laura wrote.

What I like in this picture is the bounty feeling : all the plants seem to wish to escape their pots and spread further, encouraged by the wild creatures nestled amongst them.


Oct 24, 2013

Hever Castle and Gardens

I loved this place !

On my way to family north of London, Ally and I had a stopover at Hever castle, the childhood home of Ann Boleyn.

We were struck by the maturity of the garden, its many features and vast spaces. From the Italian garden to the House, the lake and the water maze, there is plenty to gaze at. The house has been wonderfully preserved and while visiting it, you are wooshed back into the Tudor times. Amazing woodwork, decoration, and a surprise in the main gallery. You can have access to all the floors, and the quaint arrangement of rooms, the narrow doorframes, the short corridors , the many doors, the steep narrow stairs and the furniture displayed : everything is successful.

I found this place truly inspiring, I shall certainly come back some time !









































Jul 30, 2013

The Secret Gardens of Sandwich

I took a day trip to Kent with my daughter yesterday. The plan was to enjoy the beautiful sunshine but at the same time hide from the scorching heat in the cool of an English garden in its glory. So after a lovely but busy crossing by ferry – I believe some major event is building up somewhere in England in the days to come…, I drove to Sandwich and had a delicious lunch at the Tea Room – homemade stilton and broccoli quiche for my girl and bacon and mushroom for myself… Yummy. Then we were all set for the discovery :

already the entrance won my heart and gaze :


Neatly paved path flanked by lavish colourful planting and the Robinia tree catching your eye and inviting you to go beyond…

But then you had to look onto your right, for a wider alley was opening, with more expansive beds and especially a line of dark sunflowers, and the view of the mansion by Lutyens, who also designed the gardens in the style of his gardening partner Gertrude Jekyll :

Still, I followed the paved path straight on, and I liked the apparently never-ending planting of it :

and made some nice encounters :











and I learnt something there :

At the bottom, a wide grass alley would lead you back to the mansion as well as “distribute” you right and left to other parts of the garden :

I liked the prairie with a metal sculpture of a horse and foal :

and I also liked the line of grasses complementing the roses along the house :

The vegetable plot looked a bit crowded, but I liked the general frame of it – something to use in my garden maybe ? The posts and netting are a cunning way of gaining space in a small plot and they link the different boxes together :

There is a lot more to see : the lake Patricia, the bowling lawn, the yellow and the white gardens, the spring garden and the woodland garden. But I chose to show you my favourite shots, and the visit ends now with the inevitable quaint gift shop – I did spend some money on a candle holder for the garden.

– No plant ! said Ally.. what else then ?

Bye for now… getting ready to fly to Florida…

Jul 26, 2012

Looking for Eden

July 2010
We’re at Eden !
A must-see if you go to Cornwall, or simply got to Cornwall to see it,
at any rate, an experience that must be lived.
The garden is built in an ancient quarry and two main biomes can be visited :
the humid tropic biome – it is oh so hot !
with temperatures reaching 35°C and humidity very present.
and the mediterranean biome, much cooler in comparison,
but with such beautyful scenery, a really artful creation.
and of course, such a profusion of plants could not be without consequences…

Aug 17, 2010

Colourful harmony at Eden

july 2010
what a clever use of colour and texture
at the restaurant of the Eden Project !
We really enjoyed eating there, surrounded by the terraced planting of vegetables mixed with flowers
and the bulbous mass of the biomes behind us.
More about the Eden soon !

Aug 4, 2010