Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gardens Barge Square - Tower Bridge Moorings, a touch of spring in fall

Last May I was lucky enough to be invited by Tower Bridge Moorings to a private tour to the Garden Barges at the Tower Bridge Moorings, by the river Thames in London.  It is a so very special place in London that the minute we entered I thought I was transported to a forest and not being in a busy city.

The story of these amazing gardens started some 25 years ago and was the vision of the architect Nicholas Lacey (his firm now runs the development), who was a neighbor of the moorings and observing how vegetation was taking in some of the barges, he decided to work together with nature but in a designed way.  More than two decades from this initiative floating gardens are a reality.  They have received some awards for design but also for the contribution to ecology, since they are worked following organic techniques.
But the gardens are also a community that takes care of them and open them once a year for visitors to enjoy.  Some of the barges are studios or workshops for artists that live and work there, no need to say that there is a long waiting list to get one of the barges!

I leave you now with the images for a virtual walk.
The general view from the pedestrian path on the riverside.

The entrance to the office and moorings
And the starts right here just following the path between barges that connects one to the others

The gardens provide a fantastic habitat for flora and fauna
Trees growing healthy and creating a green environment   
One can find trees in almost all of the barges
One can find fruit trees and herbs, together with ornamentals
A beautiful maple, Acer palmatum
Flowers and flowers everywhere...
Creating masses of color
and not only for decorating the floating gardens, but also to offer food for bees
This is the view from one of the barges during low tide

A paradise, an oasis hidden in the middle of busy London!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Celebrating 200 posts!!!

I just realized that previous post was number 200, a number that deserves a celebration!
I would like to share with you the images below that show me photographing Patrick's Blanc vertical garden at Athenaeum Hotel in London.  There will be more posts dedicated to vertical gardens and green walls in following weeks.  Hope you like it!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Back to activity!

It's been a long hiatus in publishing, and after few weeks of silence this blog is eager to go back to be active!  There are very interesting posts coming soon ,but today I just wanted to share a tree that gives color to the season and also brings interesting fruits that can be eaten or used to distill a rather sweet and very appreciated liquor called in Spanish Licor de MadroƱo.

 I really like the colored fruits and the small bell shaped flowers, they are a sign of fall into winter.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Botanicals as a source of inspiration for fashion

I follow fashion news, and I always like to check on what inspires the designers for creating their collections.  Designer Carolina Herrera used tulips' shapes and colours, as the main inspiration for the S/S 2015 collection recently presented in NY Fashion Week.  I love the photo-walls with all sort of images of tulips and other botanical details.  The final outfits really show the work!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Kyoto Garden at Holland Park, London

There are many hidden garden jewels in London, the Kyoto Garden at Holland Park in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, is one of them, showing designed nature at its best.

It is what I would call a "boutique garden" because is small but very well designed and concentrates the essence of what it can be understand as a Japanese garden that was donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991.

The first images show the way to the Kyoto Garden from the grounds of Holland Park in a well designed paths that open to the formal entrance of the garden with distinctive elements of Japanese culture.  It really is a pleasure to walk around and enjoy the different motifs.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Books about Mediterranean gardening

As part of research for some projects this since last summer, I have to read ad check many books about Mediterranean gardening and I would like to share with you two of the most interesting and highly recommended ones, that I have used many times over the past years.

Hugo Latymer, the Mediterranean Gardener:
Hugo Latymer was an authority on plant cultivation and garden design in Mediterranean regions. He spent many years living and gardening on Majorca and became an acknowledged authority on designing and cultivating gardens suited to the dry, hot climate there. He died in 2003.
Heidi Gildemeister "Mediterranean Gardening. A waterwise approach:
Heidi Gildemeister is a founder member of the Mediterranean Garden Society, and her articles on this style of gardening have been published all over the world. She was also a contributor to The New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening (1992)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ceiba speciosa

This tree is known with different names, Chorisia speciosa, the silk floss tree, or palo borracho in Spanish, since is native to the tropical and subtropical woods in South America.  These images are from a subtropical climate area in Southern Spain, where it shows they grow perfectly in a park just by the sea shore.

Both the trunk that when mature develop prickles and a bottle-shape, and the pink flowers similar to the hibiscus, are really photogenic and a perfect add to a garden.