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

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

The Regent’s Park cherry blossom avenue is back!

Regent's Park cherry blossomLast year there was no cherry blossom on the famous cherry blossom avenue in Regent’s Park. The trees had been cut down before they had a chance to bloom, and Chester Avenue was a sad sight that spring. But the old trees have given way to new ones which are now flowering for the first time. Of course I’ve been to take a look. Continue reading

St James’s Park Cherry Blossom Virtual Tour

St James's Park cherry blossomSt James’s Park is ranked at number four in my London Parks Cherry Blossom Top Five Guide. It’s right in the centre of London and has a beautiful lake so it was bound to make the cut, but it doesn’t have great swathes of cherry trees. It’s quality not quantity that gives it its place. Take a walk around my virtual tour to see why. Continue reading

April 2016 Cherry Blossom update

Alexandra Palace cherry blossomHere we are, nearly half way through April, the weather’s getting better and the cherry trees are coming into bloom, so it’s time for an update on the current state of the blossom. This update focuses on two of the top five places in my guide to the best cherry blossom viewing spots in LondonContinue reading

Two hundred years of Camellias at Chiswick House

Chiswick House CamelliaLast summer, Yannick and I visited Chiswick House, a neo-Palladian villa built by the third Earl of Burlington in 1729. The gardens, restored in a two year, twelve million pound project and reopened in 2010, were glorious, but there was one thing we missed seeing – the camellias, which bloom in February/March. I vowed then to come back for the annual camellia festival in the amazing two hundred year old conservatory, so last week saw us on the train to Chiswick once again. Continue reading

Amazing Orchids at Kew

IMG_2284Every year, in February, Kew Gardens puts on its famous orchids display in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. It’s wonderful to visit and spend some time in the damp warmth of a tropical rain forest while outside the glass it’s bone-freezingly cold, and let the vivid colours and fantastic shapes of the orchids take you to a different world. Continue reading