Early morning in London

I love the garden in the early mornings, especially when the sun is shining. So, while the coffee was brewing, I nipped out to take a few photographs.

Miscanthus & water drops

Pennisetum & Cosmos

Early morning in London

I wander out into the garden every morning – just love the sunshine through the leaves.

Pennisetum 'Karly Rose' & Cosmos
Pennisetum ‘Karly Rose’ & Cosmos


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Planting for an entrance

The entrance gate makes the first statement about the property and gives a hint of what lies beyond. What should it say about you? Organised? Conventional? Imaginative?

A sloping site

It is difficult to give advice on planting. What would you do with a brief like this:

Gone

How did I miss them? The Tulip Tree and the paeonies have come and gone in Greenwich Park.

15-7-9 Greenwich Park LR-6006 15-7-9 Greenwich Park LR-6013But life goes on, relentlessly: the mulberries are ripening, there are a few daylilies still flowering, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is grand, and Cleopatra is beautiful in the rose garden.

Cleopatra in the rose garden, Greenwich Park

 

Southwark Park

Southwark Park opened in 1869, designed by Alexander MacKenzie and covering 63 acres. I visited on two rather gloomy days and found a beautiful, and unexpected area opposite the Surrey Quays Shopping Complex.

Chestnut Trees in Greenwich Park

The Chestnut Trees in Greenwich Park are flowering with a thick, sweet scent which is everywhere.

Chestnut Tree Avenue in Greenwich Park
Chestnut Tree Avenue in Greenwich Park
Chestnut Trees in Greenwich Park
Chestnut Trees in Greenwich Park

Summer in London

Slowly, slowly the new garden is settling down.

Alchemilla & Sanguisorba
Alchemilla & Sanguisorba
Miscanthus Sinensis 'Morning Light', Nepeta, & Gaillardia
Miscanthus Sinensis ‘Morning Light’, Nepeta, & Gaillardia
Japanese Anemones in bud, & Bergenias flourishing
Japanese Anemones in bud, & Bergenias flourishing
Pennisetum Orientale 'Karley Rose'
Pennisetum Orientale ‘Karley Rose’

 

 

Summer in Suffolk

The Suffolk garden, now in its fifth growing season, is slowly maturing.

William Shakespeare Rose, Calamagrostis Brachytricha, Alchemilla Mollis
William Shakespeare Rose, Calamagrostis Brachytricha, Alchemilla Mollis
Alchemilla Mollis, with lavender and Graham Thomas in the background
Alchemilla Mollis, with lavender and Graham Thomas in the background

And at the other side of the house –

Bergenias, Tellima Grandiflora, Japanese Anemones, Viburnum davidii, and Cornus Alba 'Elegantissima'
Bergenias, Tellima Grandiflora, Japanese Anemones, Viburnum davidii, and Cornus Alba ‘Elegantissima’