London Rose Gardens – Top Five Guide

RosesWelcome to my guide to where to see the best roses in bloom in London! After all, today’s the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, when the earth is at its maximum tilt towards the sun. What better way to spend it than looking at roses? Luckily the rose season is at it’s height right now. So let’s make a start. Continue reading

White wisteria in a secret garden – St John’s Lodge, Regent’s Park

St John's Lodge GardenThere are a lot of Did you knows? in this post. Did you know that wisteria comes in white as well as purple? And grows as trees as well as climbing? Did you know there’s a hidden garden right in the middle of Regent’s Park where you can see white wisteria trees in flower now? If the answer is no, then read on. Continue reading

2015 Cherry Blossom Easter Update

Regent's Park cherry blossomWe’re moving into full cherry blossom season now, and I bet you’re wondering where to see cherry blossom at Easter. Take a look at my London Cherry Blossom Guide for my top five spots. Today, as part of my regular series of updates on the progress of the blooms, I’m doing a report on the current state of the blossom in Regent’s Park. Continue reading

2015 Cherry Blossom March Update

cherry blossomI know (from the number of hits on my London Cherry Blossom Guide) that all you folk out there just can’t wait for the cherry blossom season to start. And you want to know what the state of play is, and whether it’s worth going now or not. So I’ve decided to do a regular update on the state of the blooms so you know just where you stand. You’re welcome! Continue reading

They’re taking the axe to the cherry trees in Regent’s Park

Chester GateIt feels like the end of an era – and it is in a way. The avenue of cherries trees along Chester Road leading to Chester Gate, the glory of the cherry blossom season in Regent’s Park, is going. They’ve cut down half of them, and the rest will go on Monday. Not even the stumps are left – just bare earth. Continue reading

My top five posts of 2014

Kintsugi lacquer repairIt’s the last day of the year, time to look back and see what caught your attention in 2014. It’s a surprising collection (well, I was surprised, anyway) but then it’s always the posts you least expect that rocket to the top of the popularity charts. So here they are. Continue reading

A Japanese/English autumn garden in Regent’s Park

Regent's ParkOne of the things I love about London’s parks is the way they change with the changing seasons. Yes, I know, all gardens do, but there are little nooks and crannies in the parks where I’m continually surprised by how different they can look as the year passes. One of my favourites is the Japanese garden in Regent’s Park. I went down to have a look at it this week and found it enchanting. Continue reading

The Japanese Garden in Regent’s Park

Japanese Garden in Regent's ParkI’ve travelled all over London to visit obscure Japanese gardens in out of the way places, but all the time I never realised there was one much closer to home – in Regent’s Park, no less. It’s part of Queen Mary’s Garden and it’s not just a garden, it’s a whole island. In case you’ve missed it too, let me take you on a short tour. Continue reading

Regent’s Park Cherry Blossom Virtual Tour

Regent's Park cherry blossomIt’s really hard to get the timing right with cherry blossom. When the lovely grove of pink cherries at the south of Regent’s Park flowered early this year, in mid-March, I thought I‘d blown it. But no! I visited the park yesterday and it was perfect timing – I even caught the avenue along Chester Road in full flower which I’ve never managed to do before. So I decided to share it all with you in my Regent’s Park cherry blossom virtual tour. Continue reading

Roses in Queen Mary’s Garden

Queen Mary's GardenQueen Mary’s Garden in Regent’s Park is famous for its roses. I went there last week with a Japanese friend, who wanted to see real English roses on her visit to the UK, just as we want to see cherry blossom in Japan. The roses were so lovely I decided to post some pictures here for you to enjoy too. And I’ve also added a post on the top five rose gardens in London in case you want to find some more roses. Continue reading