Jardin de Majorelle – Yves Saint Laurent’s garden in Marrakech

jardin majorelle

Since this time of year is a bit dreary, I thought I would go through some of our old photos and blog places we visited prior to starting Garden Scout.

We visited Marrakech in 2009 and of course visited Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin de Majorelle. It is a must see. Marrakech is a bit of an overwhelming experience, but the garden is a peaceful haven away from all the crowds and hassle of the medina.  The place is visually stunning: the blue of the villa is an amazing backdrop for the various cacti species.

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Friday Scout

hyacinth vases

Image source: Lines from Linderhof

It is a beautiful sunny day in London, there are two foxes currently sunning themselves on our shed roof. Unfortunately I am feeling poorly and am hoping I will be better by tomorrow so I can have a poke around outside.  In the meantime, here are the best things I found online this week:

Have just discovered this blog, Lost Artisan, using pictures to explore lost arts

A Wedding at Babylonstoren on Miss Moss.  Love that they’ve used cabbage in their table styling.

Photos of Hutt Lagoon in Australia

Flower Constructions by Anne Ten Donkelaar on Design*Sponge and some lovely pots by Atelier Stella

A photo series on flower growers preparing for St Valentine’s Day

In the Garden, a post on Toast’s lovely blog

Getting ideas from visits to RHS Harlow Carr on Dig the Outside

RHS Wisley – A Winter Visit

RHS Wisley Gardens Weather Vane

It feels like we’re very nearly there: the end of winter (hurray!).  I have to admit that I find February the most wearying month, despite the signs of spring, because it seems to be persistently grey. I had been eyeing up the weather forecast for a few weeks and had spotted a sunny day on one of my days off, so I planned a visit to RHS Wisley in Surrey with my good friend Hayley.

I knew there would be lots for us to see at Wisley, even in winter.  And there was: snowdrops, crocuses, hellebores, the odd daffodil.  They currently have a butterfly display in the glasshouse (visit at lunchtime  – the queue is shorter).  The willow and dogwood stems were stunning as was this little Robin who sat on this tree singing for ages.

If you’re sick of hibernating, I really recommend a trip to Wisley.  It’s about an hours drive from central London.  There is a nice pub about five minutes drive from the gardens if you fancy lunch or dinner: The Anchor on Pyrford Lock.

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