Well, I'm not sure what season this really is as it's nearly as warm as late summer and we are already at the end of October. Talk about Indian Summer - it's last way beyond the end of September. This weather is unprecedented - warm (up to 20C) and no wind or rain. The trees are the most incredible colours, the best autumn colours in many years due to this late warmth.
It was a stunning, sunny day up to 19C last week so I decided it was time for another pilgrimage to Petersham Nurseries which is one of the most inspiring places in London for me. I get trigger happy with both my iPhone camera andmy compact Panasonic camera as there are so many beautiful things to photograph. The shop displays are styled so well and the use of plants and flowers in the styling is superb.
And of course the food in the cafe is wonderful so my friend and I arrived in time for morning coffee and a huge slab of cake, browsed the gardens, glasshouses and shop for two hours and then returned to the cafe for a tray of lunch dishes to share.
I've decided to devote most of this blog post to images, a veritable optical feast. Most of the images speak for themselves. I hope you derive as much pleasure and enjoyment from the images as I did seeing everything in person. There's lots to learn about styling in the home from these images so take note!!
I'll start with a selection of photos of how they styled some of the public spaces - the cafe where you queue to get your food, the loos (!) and the glasshouses where you can take your food on trays to eat.
Trough of plants on the counter in the cafe. Did you notice the lovely white French soup bowls on the shelf behind?
My friend Nick in the glasshouse where we were having coffee and cake. I am not a lover of marigolds but a terracotta pot of them on the table looked gorgeous
These gems of vintage framed prints are actually in one of the loos!!! I so want to have them in my house!!!!
This beautiful trough of plants is outside the loos to welcome you! Look at the stunning mix of greens including the silvery greens and the way they complement each other and work so well with the purple violas
An urn of my favourite combination of colours - purple and orange - which sits in the glasshouse where you can sit and eat
This is a Plectranthus and was grown from three tiny plants back in May !!! It is absolutely beautiful
The zinc-topped tables in the glasshouses are beautifully and simply styled with a mixture of plants, cut flowers and a few Halloween pumpkins. See also next two images
Note the cyclamen plant at the bottom of the image. Its cleverly been wrapped in sphagnum moss and chicken wire. Very effective.
Another group of images follows:
This is the garden where they grow vegetables for the kitchen and also some of the flowers used to decorate the restaurant and glasshouses
Ginormous lemons growing in a tub!!
The most enormous dahlia flower in their gardens.
These are the gorgeous rustic vintage tables and chairs that they have in the glasshouses and outside where you can sit and eat
I love these mini carafes that they use to serve a glass of wine (really equivalent to two glasses!)
I bought these two small Heucherella Tapestry plants and a red one also (separate image)
The other Heucherella that I bought. Isn't the colour amazing?
Clever display of plants which are wrapped in Sphagnum moss and chicken wire or twine to hold the soil and moss in place.
And the most mouth-watering photos I'll leave until last - the shop which is my favourite part of the whole Petersham experience. Check out the vintage chandeliers, they absolutely gorgeous. It is so beautifully styled and full of items/objects that I covet. I never leave empty handed!
A wall of Christmas decorations
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This post is for all you garden lovers. If you are lucky enough to live in London you have the chance to see the gardens of Petersham House, the home of the owners of Petersham Nurseries, Gael and Francesco Boglione. Their home is adjacent to the Nurseries and is a stunning Georgian house with extensive gardens, swimming pool and tennis court. They have a substantial vegetable garden which is used for the restaurant in the Nurseries.
Petersham Nurseries is one of those places that is good for the soul. It is all about beauty and style, both outside and inside. I'm there at least three times a month and have rarely left there empty handed!
It's a half hour drive from my home which takes me across Richmond Park, another place that is good for the soul. It's hard to believe that you are in a big city when you are in the middle of the park surrounded by trees, bracken and deer.
s many of you know, I love Petersham Nurseries and am a frequent visitor. It's described on their website as "Internationally prized garden centre, Petersham Nurseries is a tranquil oasis
and seedbed of inspiration" and that about sums it up. The highlight is always the shop which is in one of the glasshouses. The styling of the furniture, accessories, plants & flowers is superb and I find it a real inspiration. I love to wander around admiring and of course buying one or two things as it's very difficult to leave empty handed!
The stunning azaleas & rhododendrons in the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park followed by tea & cake at Petersham Nurseries
Petersham is a wonderful place to appreciate the changing of the seasons. I particularly love the way the shop is styled with a mix of items for the home and plants & flowers. Their styling is superb and always a great inspiration. Take a look.