Apr 302014

Bradford-on-Avon, Wilts

I love the look of this small garden – especially the contrast in leaf textures and forms, which are the first rule of good planting design. There’s a lot crammed into it, including a little grove of silver birch.

Some of the gardens of Bradford-on-Avon are open for a Secret Gardens festival this spring and summer. I’m not sure if this is one of them, but from what I’ve already seen, there will be a lot to inspire.

Apr 182014
Pink house 2

Brook Green, west London

My favourite blossom is that of the Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum)*. You don’t see it much in this country, although if you’re lucky enough to be in Paris at this time of year, you’ll see it everywhere. This tree looks so pretty against the pink house – the owner says the blossom doesn’t last for long, but it’s beautiful while it lasts.

I loved the hanging basket in front of the window, dangling from one of the gnarled branches.


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