The Valley Garden

The wonderful thing about bank holidays is that they give you an opportunity to go garden visiting and still do all the other things that demand time at the weekend.  So Easter Monday found me taking to the road and wandering along the wonderful A449 from Ledbury to Ross-on-Wye – this road is worth driving…

The Great Glasshouse

It looks like some sort of alien spacecraft lurking on the horizon but it is actually the Great Glasshouse at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.  I have been trying to visit this garden for about 5 years but being a 2.5 hour drive from home whenever I have thought of visiting the drive has…

Coton Manor: A Country Delight

Last week I spent a wonderful day at Coton Manor Garden School.  After the gardening school session and  yummy lunch I had time to explore the garden so I thought I would share some photos and my impressions of the garden. I wouldn’t describe Coton Manor as a garden which is  trying to set trends…

Stunning Snowdrops

I have often wondered what drives people to be obsessive about things and in particular to feel a need to collect every type available.  I have never been one to collect; I had a stamp collection briefly as a child and also a collection of pig ornaments for a while but my interest in them…

Festival of Gardening for Wildlife

March will be a month full of events associated with wildlife gardening thanks to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWF). The Trust is devoting the whole month to promoting gardening to attract wildlife into your garden and has the support of Alan Titchmarsh; who when opening the RBC Rain Garden at WWT London Wetland Centre,…

Arley Part 2: A Surprise

I wrote a post or two back on my visit to Arley Arboretum.  What some people don’t realise is that Arley also has a garden, albeit on a much smaller scale than the arboretum. I showed you the Italian Garden in the previous post but on the other side of the working area there are…

Mother Nature to the rescue

Today is a day that I have been dreading for a few months now.  It’s a year since my sister died of meningitis.  The past year has seen me blundering through the process of grief and trying to find a way to cope.  I had a real dilemma today, my parents and BIL were going…

A Week of Two Gardens

I am on annual leave this week using  up the last of my leave allowance and enjoying the late summer sunshine.  It has been a strange week and dominated by visits to two very different gardens. As some of you may have picked up a group of 25 of us  UK garden bloggers/twitters visited Prince…

Giardini La Mortella -Heaven!

You  will have seen from my recent posts here and here, my sons and I visited Italy last week for a holiday.   We were based in Sorrento and had a fab time exploring the area but I was tempted by a trip to the island of Ischia particularly as it included a visit to Giardini…

Kiftsgate Revisted

Last week I wrote about visiting Hidcote Gardens in the Cotswolds with Victoria.  We also visited Kiftsgate Gardens – they are only over the road, well a 5 minute walk from each other. Both gardens are high up on the Cotswold hills and consequently have far reaching views across the surrounding countryside. However, there is…