I know of a dear old lady up the road who has sadly lost her hubby this summer. She’s trying hard to be cheerful and not get mournful but it is seriously difficult. There were so many things they used to do together, the list seems to be endless and travelling was high on it. They always looked out botanical type gardens in every city they visited. There’s something calming about wandering along immaculately cared for borders, display beds and greenhouses when you’ve been travelling. In a very hot climate these gardens are a mini oasis with lakes, ponds and other water features. Another real benefit of visiting a garden anywhere in the world is being able to see plants growing in their own natural habitat or as near as. Some plants in the desert struggle to exist but when transported to a city based botanical collection the staff ae trained to nurture and protect them so they keep up their survival.