I am meeting up with old family friends while I am in the UK, and they have suggested we visit Petersham Nurseries in Richmond where they live, and have lunch.I've always heard about Petersham, and recently read about them in Rita Konig's column in the September Domino magazine, but didn't expect to be visiting them on this trip. In addition to a huge selection of plants, they also have decorative accessories and antiques. Just by looking at their website's selection of "gifts and self-indulgences", I can tell that I am going to LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! Here are some goodies that I found:
The UK is known for its gardens, lush and full or intricate and geometric. Since my entire back yard measures a tiny 12x12 feet, I only do container gardens. But I grew up with gardens and we always had vegetable and flower gardens, as well as extensive plantings including vintage roses and historic azaleas. I remember going to National Garden Scheme's Open Garden Days for Charity when I lived in Wales and seeing the spectacular range of gardens that villagers had opened to the public. In London, I once went to Columbia Road, which is basically the Portobello Road of gardening, with tons of plants of every variety, as well as pots and garden vessels of every shape and size. It's open every Sunday, unless Christmas falls on Sunday.
handmade books. i love little notebooks.
beautiful glasses by countess marie brandolini
a sweet country french cabinet
red & white french crockeryI can't wait to get there and take tons of pictures.