Gardens


Goodbye Montana.

Goodbye Montana We came to live in Laurel Cottage in 1999. Diddley already lived here. The house looked very different then.


Tulips at Dunsborough Park

Tulips Back in April 2015, Diddley showed Bobby an advert in the local newspaper for a “Tulip Festival”. It was at a garden he had not heard of. Dunsborough Park at Ripley. Not far from RHS Wisley Gardens. Just about this time, in April. They went and loved it. Particular the charity run garden tea….


Feeling a bit Wordsworth.

Feeling a bit Wordsworth. Bertie: “You OK, Bobby?” Bobby: “Not really, Bertie. I feel quite discombobulated. Certainly a little pensive. Maybe a bit vacant at times.” Tim: “I hope you’re not feeling at all maudlin, Bobby. I felt you were quite chipper when we met up just a few weeks ago. You really seemed to…


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.


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