Spring started early this year, with a warm March and April, during which I planted out most things in the garden. The garden still looks quite bare because most of the plants are tiny – I wanted to go in small and grow things rather than plant out fully grown stuff. Where’s the fun and challenge in that? Continue reading Clapham Garden (Part 3): pots happening in May?
The garden of designer, Lorraine Johnson Rosner was open over the summer and is an immaculate space with an extra side garden for a private retreat summer house.
In early summer, Chris and I visited Ham House in Richmond. The walk along the Thames in the sun was an unexpected bonus with fantastic views – I felt like the star of Sense & Sensibility of some other period drama. The house is interesting but the gardens have the wow factor with some stunning formal topiary and yew hedging. Continue reading Ham House, Richmond, London
The Eden community garden hidden in Clapham Old Town is a beautiful and peaceful spot anytime of year. But in spring it comes to life with an explosion of planted and wild flower colour. Plus a pond for frogs and beehives. One of my favourite places. Continue reading Eden Community Garden St. Paul’s Church, Old Town
The garden of designer Charles Rutherfoord at 51 The Chase in Clapham is tulip heaven in spring, with thousands of the flowers. It also has a lovely dome greenhouse and a gigantic metal bull sculpture at the back. Continue reading 51 The Chase, Clapham
I’ve visited Kew gardens at least once a year since I was a child (probably about 9 years old) and since moving to London in 1999 I’ve visited multiple times a year. One of my favourite times to visit is in spring, I always take a day off to plod around on my own taking it all in. Continue reading Kew Gardens in spring: a sea of blue bells and dazzling Azaleas
The Holy Trinity Hospice in Clapham has an award winning garden split into a number of key areas. They including a terrace, informal planting area and lawn, a shaded wet area with pond and wind sculpture, plus another formal planting area and lawn. They also have the most immaculate yew hedge you are likely to ever see. Continue reading Holy Trinity Hospice, Clapham, Open Garden
Two very Clapham features of our Clapham garden are two Cordyline australis trees (originating from New Zealand). The green one was smack bang in the middle of the main bed and starting to lean out across the patio. In Feb while it was still cold but after frosts I moved it over to the back right corner to sit next to the dark red tree. Personally I think this helps add structure to one corner of the bed and contrasts nicely with the other tree. Continue reading Clapham Garden (Part 2: Moving A Cordyline Australis)
Ground Zero. I’ve always loved our garden. It’s a good size for a London flat garden, shared with our upstairs neighbours and, in the summer, pretty private considering we’re surrounded by other homes and just minutes away from the bonkers Clapham High Street. As my dad put it, it’s a little inner city oasis. Continue reading Clapham Garden (Part 1: Shade Alley)
In January 2013 my friend Marcos encouraged me to find a drawing class and just give it a go. I’d been moaning about giving up art at GCSE, and how I wished I hadn’t. Well, I had the best luck and stumbled upon the Lavender Hill Studios.
A place where artists and students study and learn together. In the space of seven months they have helped me to go from this:
To some of this:
None of them are finished pictures and I have got so far to go before I’d consider anything to be ‘good’. But they’re just practices and I’m enjoying it, they’ve given me hope that I’m not too late to continue something I loved but thought I’d lost forever.