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.




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Amsterdam's Museumplein

The Museumplein is an urban landscape conceived as a public space to offer an open area that allow museum visitors to wander between them and enjoy the grounds.  The space is vast and produces a sense of infiniteness that plays with the perspective and makes it a perfect panorama for three museums located in the sides of the park: the Stedelijk Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum.




Friday, August 8, 2014

Park of the Peoples of the Americas, Motril, (Spain)

Some weeks ago I was offered a visit to an urban park, the "Park of the people of the Americas" in the town of Motril, some Kms., south from Granada (Spain).  I was really y interested since I know it was designed with the concept of an experiment of planting trees and shrubs from subtropical areas from the American continent, in a urban area just few Kms. from the seaside. 


The hour of the appointment was not the best for photography in summer, but the botanical interest was so great that I tried my best to portray the park.


The park that was inaugurated n 1992, is in the middle of the town and is considered a very important urban green area, houses some 50 exotic and subtropical trees and shrubs from different parts of the American continent.  
I was told that panels with botanical details (in previous image you can see one on the right hand side) were designed to be distributed throughout the park, but many of them were in very bad conditions (reading was really difficult) and due to economic constrains the replacements would have to wait.


I met some days later a team of Biology teachers from a secondary school, that some time worked in the park and created a catalog of species planted for education/documentation purposes, and can be consulted in this link, and that will have successive  updates in the future.

The place offers shadow, pleasant areas, benches and walks, and a playground for children, but I like it to consider it a bit of a small and botanical garden, the images below show few of the many in the park.
Taxodium Distichum, and Washingtonia Robusta



Escalonia floribonda, is great for creating hedges


Other trees that can be found in the park are: Roystonea regia, Washingtonia filifera,  Chorisia speciosa, Parkinsonia aculeata, Bahunia candicans, Thevetia peruviana, Tipuana tipu, Persea americana (Avocado tree), Liriodendrom  tulipifera, etc.  Some of them can offer a powerful and beautiful sculptural presence.



Thursday, August 7, 2014

Figs for breakfast

Figs are a real summer pleasure, directly from the tree to your table for breakfast!






Monday, August 4, 2014

Agapanthus in a balcony, Majorca

I have been travelling in the past months, so the next posts are going to be about images that I like from different places.  here is a beautiful traditional balcony in the historic part of the City of Palma de Majorca, with gorgeous Agapanthus as the motif of a green/blue decoration.



Saturday, August 2, 2014

Two concepts in gardens, Málaga (Spain)

Hibiscus as tree in a very traditional urban garden


Contemporary garden design with palm trees.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

5th June, World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment." from the United Nations Environment Programme
Our responsibility is to take care of our environment, but it is good to have a date as a reminder, and celebration.

Botanical Garden, Ghent, Belgium

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Chelsea Fringe event at Oxford House, London


The Chelsea Fringe is the “alternative gardening festival” parallel to the Chelsea Garden Show, happening in different cities until June 8th, featuring a great diversity of events.  One of them was the presentation of the project ‘Where the Wild things Grow’,with journalist Alys Fowler; painter and photographer Lynn Keddie and the photographer Paul Debois in collaboration with Oh!, to document and celebrate the ordinary everyday weed or wildling in the urban context.


It was a great pleasure to have a walk in Weavers Fields Park, with journalist and author Alys Fowler who talked about foraging and wildling in urban parks and how to discover and benefit and of abundance in urban contexts. 


The closing of the event was with the opening of the exhibition of photographies and paintings and a taste food and drinks prepared by Urban Harvest, that offered recipes created with foraged food.  They were really delicious!!!



Monday, May 19, 2014

Exquisite Magnolia

These images are form some weeks ago, but I love the pictorial quality of the tree and magnolia buds and flowers on camera.  The tree seats on a pot in the front entrance of Siobhan Dance Studio, London.