Very sad to hear that Beth Chatto, nurserywoman, author and one of the most influential horticulturists of recent times, has died, aged 94. Her belief in natural planting, working with nature in local environments has been of great significance to modern gardening. I was lucky enough to photograph her a few times in her garden in Essex, and these portraits were taken in 2008. Each meeting started with a cup of tea, and her quiet nature and small stature always hid her great significance in the gardening world. From the series 43 Gardeners Hands, which was part of the International […]
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Rev Richard Coles, presenter on BBC Radio Four’s Saturday Live, once described the plastic bags suspended along the roadside on his drive home as looking like “Unfortunate wraiths snagged in trees”. Sadly a common feature along the River Thames. More ‘wildling’ trees along the Thames footpath near Mortlake. A ‘wildling’ Plane tree growing out of the cobbled embankment along the River Thames between Chiswick and Kew.
The corner of my mum’s plant hospital. Apparently I won the large cactus in the middle at a school summer fair when I was about 8 years old. It was ‘confiscated’ as I didn’t look after it. Monstera deliciosa or cheese plant. London Plane tree – high tide, overlooking Vauxhall Bridge.
Winter trees, Kew Fatsia japonica Winter trees, Kew – Celtis laevigata ‘smallii’
I was sad to hear last week that John Brookes, the renowned garden designer, has died aged 84. For those non-gardeners reading this post, he also wrote many books on the subject and received an MBE for Garden Design and services to horticulture in 2004. A portrait of John from the Gardeners’ Hands project in 2008.
Elements – botanical studies from the archive Tulip with petals on black background, 11.3.10 Intermediate Chrysanthemum petals on black background, 15.3.10 Rose with petals on black background, 19.3.10 Tulip petals on black background, 9.3.10 Echinops ritro seed-head on black background, 4.3.10 Echinops ritro leaves on black background, 4.3.10
Winter colour and texture, 2.3.18 – Castanea sativa or sweet chestnut. The bark of a sweet chestnut is quite distinctive, and often looks like a cloth draped over branches as it spirals upwards. Winter colour and texture, 2.3.18 – frozen pond Winter colour and texture, 2.3.18 – Wild flower seed heads in snow Winter colours and textures, 28.2.18 – Eucalyptus glaucescens, or Tingiringi gum Winter colours and textures, 28.2.18 – Hamamelis mollis ‘Nymans’ or witch hazel. These always look far too delicate for winter but seem to tolerate anything the British weather throws at them. Winter colours and textures, 28.2.18 […]
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
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 – For What Car magazine, 1986. We borrowed the ‘new’ Renault Savanna from the Paris Motor Show as it closed on the first day and did night shots around the city with two other cars. Ended up doing this dawn shot as a last ditch effort to get a cover before returning the car to the show at 8am for the second day. A deadline dreamed up by someone still tucked up in bed! The final cover and layout, from What Car? December 1986.