Oct 10 2016
The Trumpet Vine, Campsis radicans, is another ‘foreign’ plant who enjoys life on the Riviera, finding the warmth of the […]
Sep 30 2016
There is something magical about Hummingbird Hawkmoths. I’m not sure if it’s their size, amazing speed or elegant agility but […]
Sep 25 2016
Yesterday I went to the garden centre to buy a Mimosa tree. It was a simple plan, not one you’d […]
Sep 21 2016
I hug trees. It started in my teens after having read somewhere that hugging trees was good for you. But […]
Sep 16 2016
Guess what – my Christmas Poinsettia survived… well, one of them at least. Which means if I can do it […]
Sep 13 2016
One of the (many) plants I wanted to have when I returned to the Riviera was Brugmansia, known more popularly […]
Jan 14 2016While driving back from a short break in the UK last week and passing Les Adrets on the A8 Escota motorway, I was welcomed home by the sublime scent of Mimosa. […]
Dec 28 2015Formed 400 million years ago the Mediterranean Alps are poised to be awarded Unesco World Heritage status in February 2017 and, if granted, will be due to years of unstinting French-Italian cooperation. […]
Dec 20 2015Today I share with you the sad news that Will Giles, the creator and owner of The Exotic Garden in Norwich, died of cancer in September aged 64. […]
This blog is written for my own indulgence. While AMB-Côte d’Azur shares with you my love of this region, AMB-Riviera Gardens shares my love of plants with you.
I have always loved plants; I think it’s something I caught from my mother who certainly had a green thumb for indoor plants.
Many of the plants I now have happily growing outdoors on my patio in Magagnosc, were plants I could only grow indoors in Brussels or Norwich. And not all of those survived the blast of winter central heating.
Many of the plants I see growing here are cousins of those I found during my stay in South Africa. Many others have come from South America, Australia and Asia, finding the French Riviera’s incredibly climate very much to their liking.
Plants that only flowered once in the UK burst into a second, sometimes third, flowering extravaganza. Come winter there is colour everywhere and with the addition of wonderful rays of warm sunshine little wonder this region was (and continues to be) a magnetic for winter visitors.
I continue to discover some wonderful plants – and places – and hope you enjoy browsing both websites and discover for your self many of the delights of this amazing region.