Last of the snow. Car park spirals at Putney Town Rowing Club Winter colour and textures – last of the freeze, Gunnersbury Park Last of the snow. Bird and animal prints on ice, Gunnersbury Park
Bunny Guinness, Alys Fowler, Rachel de Thame, Helen Yemm, Juliet Roberts and Beth Chatto – from a portrait series called land girls. A set of six images from this series appeared as a portfolio in Garden Photographer of the Year in 2012.
Some images from the summer, all available from Gap Photos – www.gapphotos.com Rosa Annick ‘Fryfrenzy’ Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow blue’ Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’
Four new images – 1. Overgrown woodland, Gunnersbury Park 2. Gunnersbury Park – overgrown woodland with fallen trees 3. A bit of three tree weirdness – not sure what the front two are, but the rear is an Elder. According to folklore, if you remove an Elder, you will see the devil. And if you plant one near your house, it will ward the devil off. Get planting folks! 4. As my daughters used to call it….The Scary Tree, Gunnersbury Park. Not sure exactly what type of tree it is. Maybe a corkscrew willow?
From the archive – the old Gibraltar Airport lounge in 2012, looking towards the Rock.
From the autumn….If you ever buy seeds from Wisley or any other of the RHS gardens for that matter, this is how they find their way into a seed packet. Hand-picked, sieved, sorted and labelled!
I worked on an allotment series in Richmond for Gardeners’ World magazine between 2008-10. The adjacent plot was looked after by a very quiet Irishman, Michael Hobbs, who I got to know during my frequent visits. I loved his plot, which was like a 1960’s back garden, complete with gnomes and ornamental frogs, and I frequently left with handfuls of spare fruit, veg or flowers. These unpublished portraits were taken in 2010 after my last visits for GW.
From the archive – two images from The Coast of Light series. From the archive – 17.4.11, El Penitentes, – Easter Day parade, Conil, Andalucia. Large ornate floats, with statues of the Virgin Mary, are carried through town on Easter Sunday. This float probably had upwards of 30 people underneath to support the weight. More clay covered folk in Conil, Andalucia, 14.8.11 – from The Coast of Light. In Conil there is an outcrop of rock with layers of blue green clay in which bathers cover themselves, believing it’s good for the skin.
Snowdrops for a winter garden – Galanthus plicatus ‘Bayhlam’ and Galanthus ‘Wasp’
Three gardens from last summer 1. Caroline Critchlow’s lovely garden in the Orkneys. Part of BBC Gardeners’ World garden of the year competition. 2. Caroline Cassell’s garden, Waltham Abbey – from Gardeners’ World Gardens of the Year 2017 3. Waterlily, Aberystwyth – from Gardeners’ World Gardens of the Year 2017