Peter Beales, RHS Chelsea gold-winning rose grower & the man who grew the Queen’s rose for her Diamond Jubilee last year has died at the age of 76. Peter Beales was one of the world’s leading rose growers and a multiple RHS Chelsea gold winner. Continue reading
Having been lucky enough to lead more than a dozen garden tours to various parts of Europe, Japan and Australasia over the last 10 years, I’ve recently returned from a garden tour of New Zealand by cruise ship. It’s my first experience of conducting a garden tour this way but I hope it won’t be the last. I thought I’d share a typical day with you, which also gives me the chance to write about one of the best gardens we visited, Ayrlies, just outside Auckland. Continue reading
Drum Beats – In the pretty village of Akaroa (near Christchurch NZ), the hanging baskets in the main street were made using sheep’s wool (‘der’ you might say, this is NZ). Looked great and I’d imagine very effective. (Are they dags hanging off the bottom???)
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Some things you see when you’re travelling are amusing or thought provoking, and it’s nice to have a blog like this to share them. I’m very lucky to lead a garden tour to Europe each year, taking in the Chelsea Flower Show and visiting great and small gardens in different countries. On a loose theme of “Is it real or not?” here are some quirky items from my recent trip.