Lavender Pond Nature Reserve, SE16 5DZ

‘…Lavender Pond Nature Park was created in 1981 by LB Southwark in conjunction with the Trust for Urban Ecology and Landuse Consultants Ltd. It was once in the northern part of the Surrey Commercial Docks established in 1864 [and] finally closed in 1969. Nearby are remnants of the earlier industrial use, the Lavender Lock built in 1863 to serve a timber pond that belonged to the Surrey Docks, and the Pump House, built by Port of London Authority in 1928/9 over the channel through to the Thames…’. (London Gardens Online

Plant combinations

The Suffolk garden is now in its 6th season – I can hardly believe so many years have passed – so much has happened in that time. I have worked at trying to understand the plants and how they grow, and which combinations work and which do not. And along the way I have ‘discovered’ Piet Oudolf. This post is about the blindingly obvious, but for beginners it just takes time to understand what is obvious to the more experienced gardener.

Last Magnolias in Greenwich Park

The magnolias are mainly over for the year – glorious, sculptural, waxy, enticing – just beautiful.

16-5-11 Greenwich Park LR-4036

16-5-11 Greenwich Park LR-3935

 

Magnolia in Greenwich Park

Magnolia in Greenwich Park

Magnolia in Greenwich Park

Libertia Grandiflora

The Libertia Grandiflora is now in its 6th year and absolutely filled with flowers stalks which are just starting to open – I am looking forward to the display over the next few weeks, and I am sure the camera will be very busy too.

Libertia Grandiflora

Libertia Grandiflora

Libertia Grandiflora

Libertia Grandiflora

Cherry Blossom in Greenwich Park

What a strange spring it is – in Greenwich Park there are daffodils and tulips – and cherry blossom.

Cherry blossom in Greenwich Park

Cherry blossom in Greenwich Park

Cherry blossom in Greenwich Park

Cherry blossom in Greenwich Park

Cherry blossom in Greenwich Park

Cherry blossom in Greenwich Park