2017 cherry blossom – last chance!

Spring has been so early this year that, even though we’re hardly past the middle of April, the cherry blossom season is almost over. So what are your chances of catching the last of the blossom before it all vanishes? Good, if you act quickly and know where to go – which I’m about to tell you. Continue reading

Perfect for hanami – Kensington Gardens cherry blossom

Hanami has reached us from Japan where pretty much the whole country turns out to picnic under the cherry blossom that marks the start of spring. Hanami (which literally means blossom viewing) is a perfect way to enjoy the good weather were having this year (2017), and for Easter weekend Kensington Gardens offers a perfect hanami spot. Continue reading

Spring 2017 comes early to the Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue!

Last year I photographed the spectacular Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue in full flower in the first week of May. This year spring has come so early that it’s in flower in the first week of April, a full four weeks ahead of expectations – as you can see from these photos, taken on April 10th. Continue reading

Blossom heaven in Regent’s Park

With the early spring and the continuing dry sunny weather, Regent’s Park is currently a great place to see cherry blossom. There are some wonderful trees to be seen in full flower while others will realise their potential over the next week or two. So here’s my report on the current state of play. Continue reading

Kew Gardens 2017 – cherry blossom in abundance!

It’s still only the end of March, yet spring has come so early the cherry blossom is already in flower. I’ve been down to Kew Gardens to check it out and it’s good news all round – plenty of trees in full flower and plenty still in bud with blossom still to come. It’s turning into a vintage year! Continue reading

The 2017 Cherry Blossom is here!

An early spring with lots of sunshine can only mean one thing – the cherry blossom is out! It’s not even the end of March and the blossom is in full flower all over town. That means London’s in bloom a good two or three weeks ahead of last year. Continue reading

Kew Gardens Orchids 2017

Kew Gardens orchidsEvery year Kew Gardens cheers up the cold February days with a sumptuous display of orchids in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. I never miss it – it’s such a great contrast to the grey days at the fag end of winter, as the steamy warmth surrounds you and the riot of colour awakens your senses ready for another year. Continue reading

Temple Gardens – Hidden Shade in the Heart of London

Middle Temple GardensAt last summer has arrived, and, like the ungrateful folk we are, we’ve started sighing for respite from the sun beating down on hot city pavements. But where can you find a cool garden when you want one when you’re in the middle of London? Come with me to a hidden enclave a few minutes walk from the Strand and I’ll show you. Continue reading

Commune with the bees in the Hive in Kew Gardens

The Hive at Kew

So what exactly is the hive? Well, it’s a new attraction at Kew that hopefully will help visitors understand the life of the bee. It’s a gleaming seventeen-metre-high aluminium structure that’s like a beehive you can walk into. Plus it’s an immersive, multi-sensory experience which is driven by activity in a real beehive in the gardens that activates lights and music. With me so far?  Continue reading

Greenwich Park Cherry Blossom Avenue

Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenueWe’re a week into May (2016) and you might have thought the cherry blossom season, which normally peaks in mid to late April, would be over by now. But you’d be wrong, because the cherry blossom avenue in Greenwich Park turned out to be in full glorious flower when I went along to take a look a few days ago – and I’ve got the pictures to prove it. Continue reading