Petersham Nurseries in Richmond, Surrey

Richmond is a really nice day trip for those visiting or living in London, particularly because the wonderful Petersham Nurseries is just a short detour from the river Thames and a visit is worthwhile even if you’re not purchasing plants.  They have a Michelin star awarded restaurant and a low key teahouse – I have yet to eat at the restaurant but every dish I have had from the teahouse has been delicious. We went for lunch (at the teahouse) on Sunday with a relative visiting from New Zealand and it was very sunny and very, very hot and a bit of a respite from the busy river’s edge.

Friday Scout

Flowers outside the Olympic Stadium
The Olympic BMX track

Steve and I

I dosed myself up on pseudoephedrine and paracetamol to attend the BMX seeding round at the London Olympics this week.  It was a bit of a struggle, but well worth it.  The garden planting was just incredible but because I wasn’t well we didn’t explore the whole site.  We have some photographs to show in a few days of what we did see.

Being bed ridden gave me an opportunity to catch up with Gardener’s World and time to potter about on the internet.  Here’s the good stuff:

Amy Merrick visits Stone Barns, near New York

The Guardian featured Battersea Park’s Old English Garden

Maine, Marriage – a lovely, personal post about marriage featuring photographs of Little Cranberry Island, Maine

Dahlia’s Springing Up, Just Like Mom’s

Lake Swimming in Vermont (this is a new favourite blog)

Battersea Park’s Old English Garden

On Saturday we planned to watch the Men’s cycling road race in Putney with my brother and his wife and decided to stop off beforehand at Battersea Park to check out the recently transformed Old English Garden.  If you were watching the race on television you will know that it was a glorious day. Battersea park was very quiet.  Cricket was still being played however, a perfect day for it!

Team GB!

Potters Fields Park

We passed through the garden in Potters Fields Park (near Tower Bridge in London) a few weeks ago and took these pictures.  It’s a bit of a gem of a place as the paths immediately beside the Thames were heaving with Saturday crowds and this lovely space was comparatively empty and peaceful.  The planting is fantastic with waves of colour and texture.  It was designed by Piet Oudolf, who has also worked on New York’s High Line and my favourite  Serpentine Pavilion to date.