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A lockdown garden, Chapter Two: gratuitous veg

As seeds started to sprout, much to my surprise, and then turn into healthy thriving plants, I decided that they needed more than just a quick record of their existence. Disclaimer – I am very, VERY soft when it comes to consuming / discarding / destroying anything. When I had to thin out the lettuce…

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A lockdown garden, chapter one

Back in March, faced with the prospect of (i) an indeterminate amount of time without photographic commissions or garden visits on the horizon, and (ii) the rest of the family in various rooms of the house for the foreseeable future, I retreated to the garden. Like many people, it was the first occasion in a…

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Vegetable garden goals at River Cottage

Have you been inspired this Spring to start growing your own fruit and vegetables? Many people have been discovering the delights of growing veggies from seed, and if there’s one place that gave me the motivation to give it a go, it’s here. I visited River Cottage HQ at Park Farm, near Axminster, at the…

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Recipe: rhubarb muffins

It’s a good idea to pick a load of your homegrown rhubarb before about July, and to let it grow for the rest of the summer. That way the plant will be storing enough energy, ready for overwintering and vigorous growth in the spring – see below, those lovely bright stalks from the start of…

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Elderflower cordial

At this time of year, were the shops freely available for browsing, I would be going mad for anything elderflower-flavoured. I’ve been wanting to make elderflower cordial myself for years but never made time in the right few weeks to go in search of a tree to forage. Would you believe it, I was directed…

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RHS gardens reopen

The Royal Horticultural Society welcomed the public back to their four UK gardens on Monday 1 June, subject to pre-booking. The gardens at Wisley are currently open from 10am-4pm, with guests allocated to hourly entrance timeslots. Due to reduced staffing levels, the gardens close slightly earlier than previously, but the plant centre remains open until…

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Portlligat and Dalí’s house

In October I was able to travel with friends to Catalonia for a weekend of arty inspiration. There was so much to take in that I thought it worth blogging in two parts. This post details some of the wildly wacky world of Salvador Dalí’s house at Portlligat – I have to be honest, I…

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  • Anna - What an amazing set of photos! You took me back to the memories we share together. You are a fabulous photographer, but most of all: a fabulous personality. xReplyCancel

    • Julie - Oh that’s so kind! I enjoyed this trip so much. What a special bunch of friends you are xxReplyCancel

National Garden Scheme midsummer party

As it’s a quieter season at the moment, I’m enjoying looking back on some of the work I’ve been doing in the last few months. One of the events that I was invited to photograph was the National Garden Scheme‘s main fundraising evening of the year – ‘Music in the Garden’ – a midsummer’s garden…

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BBC Gardeners’ World Live

The twin summer shows of BBC Gardeners’ World Live and BBC Good Food have been in full swing over the last four days, at the NEC in Birmingham. I was invited to photograph a preview of the exhibition gardens, as well as the awards ceremony, prior to the show opening to the public earlier this…

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  • Sharron Gibson - Oh wow theses are gorgeous and so inspiring. Beautiful photos. I want all the gardens now! ReplyCancel

  • Angela - There isn’t one of these gardens I wouldn’t love to soak up the sun in – but those horses! ❤️. Gorgeous report & images to die for ReplyCancel

  • Helen Lisk - Gosh Julie, these are so gorgeous! What wonderful spaces to photograph – you get such a sense of calm through these images – just such lovely gardens. ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Green - ooh these photos make me wish I was more green fingered!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola - Oh wow, I love these photos! These gardens are sensational aren’t they. So so beautiful., and full of inspiration. Thank you for sharing these. ReplyCancel

Borde Hill Garden

If you’re looking for summery days out, then I really recommend taking a wander around Borde Hill Garden. Situated near Haywards Heath, and with a beautiful Elizabethan country house at its heart, this outstanding English garden has something of interest in all seasons. It is renowned for a number of rare shrubs and is home…

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