Gardens


A Morning with the National Trust Volunteers.

A Morning with the National Trust Volunteers.


Believe in Tomorrow Garden, Hampton Court Flower Festival.

Believe in Tomorrow Bertie: “Bobby, I thought you ‘bleedin’ ‘ated’ the Hampton Court Flower Show!” Bobby: “I do!” Bertie: “So why are we going then?” Bobby: “You’re not!” Bertie: “Oh! Thanks.”


The Secrets of Worthing Gardens.

Worthing Gardens. Ambrose Place Back Gardens. Each year, the secret back gardens of Ambrose Place in Worthing are opened to the public in aid of the National Garden Scheme. The Yellow Book to many. Last year we went with Merrill and wrote a story about it, which never saw the light of day. So here…


Sitting on a Bench.

Sitting on a Bench. Bobby looks forward to Tuesdays. A train ride to London. Usually Farringdon. A nice walk to Islington, through what turns out to be the design centre of London. He always leaves the Al-Anon meetings feeling better than when he went in. And looking forward to a myriad of choices of how…


The Isabella Plantation – A Journey Through Time

The Isabella Plantation. A Journey through Time. Sid and Dorothy (Bobby’s parents) loved The Isabella Plantation. It’s an abiding memory of a long time ago. Especially the day they took him there on the 213 bus. Bobby has been there many times in recent years, but never again by 213 bus.


Armandii. The Queen of Spring.

Armandii. The Queen of Spring. This is the story of a plant, a priest and a love affair. Back in 1986, Bobby saw his first Clematis Armandii. The first time, that is, he knew its name. Draped over a disused shed at Highdown Gardens near Worthing in Sussex, it wasn’t even in the main garden,…


Grass. Part 2.

Grass. Part 2. A Compendium of 2018 Grass.


Grass.

Grass. As you know, we love the RHS Gardens at Wisley. Our last visit was to photograph some of the autumn colours there. Although, to be honest, there was no real need, given the wonderful colours round here in the Surrey Hills as shown in our slide show. There is always lots to see at…


The Autumn Leaves.

The Autumn Leaves. The rain thundered down at Sutton United and we hid in the stand. Driving home on flooded roads, we knew that this was the beginning of the end of a glorious autumn. The best we could ever remember. The best that is since last year. Especially the Autumn Leaves.


Dunsborough Park – Dahlia Day.

Dunsborough Park – Dahlia Day. Dear friends of Mindfully Bertie. We have often shared our love of gardens and flowers with you. And then, just a few weeks ago, we were honoured when the the National Garden Scheme (NGS) asked us to write a piece for their Gardens and Health Week . “Bobby’s Story” is…


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