“The love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies, but grows to the enduring happiness that the love of gardening gives.”

– Gertrude Jekyll

Hi, welcome to Botanical Wanderings. I am Ayesha Lori, an amateur gardener living in Hampshire in the UK. I got into gardening through my love of food and cooking. After an accidental rooting of a supermarket-bought Moroccan mint sitting in a glass of water on my windowsill, I was hooked. From that point, I grew cilantro and chives, spring onions, two varieties of parsley, more mint, rosemary and French tarragon, lots of sweet basil that was feasted on by slugs, a rather unsure curry plant, and even saffron. I also grew strawberries because my children thought it would be lovely to pick strawberries from the garden, and I also grew cherry tomatoes and chilli peppers because my husband loves them. Then I discovered succulents—I started with one variety, and got two more, and now I dream of growing a collection.

As I try my hand in propagating these plants, I found immense pleasure in seeing them grow. And now I know one thing: a garden is one of my happy, fulfilling places.

Botanical Wanderings is born out of that personal discovery. It is a journal, a space to write about my gardening journey. It is a place to celebrate growing and my tiny garden, its successes and failures and many lessons. It is a place to figuratively just sit and relax, and wonder about plants and the beauty that surrounds us.