Just a few weeks ago I was wondering if the garden would ever grow.
OK, that’s it – I have had enough of fighting the snails and slugs in the London garden and I cannot bear to put down chemicals and pick up the bodies afterwards. So I am going to find plants which they do not eat and only use those plants.
I visited Lexham Gardens during the Open Garden Squares Weekend and it was like being on a village green as the residents were celebrating with their Annual Garden Party. Free drinks as we came through the gate – wonderful! – people chatting everywhere, and the children (and adults) enjoying a wonderful magician.
Lexham Gardens is part of the original Manor of Kensington which was given to the De Vere family by William the Conqueror. (Bina Gardens, Nevern Square, and Earls Court Square are also within this historical manor.) The houses were developed in the 1870s and the gardens laid out in 1877. The original occupants of the square were professional people, and particularly army officers and their families. Today the gardens are privately owned. Renovation in the 1990s divided the gardens into compartments, with a little stream, and overgrown, secret walks leading to an open lawn. Beyond that is a rose garden. And everywhere there are interesting trees and plants.
The history of the Manor of Kensington
The history of Lexham Gardens
From Bina Gardens I strolled to Gledhow Gardens, another amazing green space hidden between tall buildings, some of which front on to a busy main road. The gardens are owned by the residents and date back to the 1840s when the Gunter family started building in the area. The gardens were laid out in the 1890s.
The trees in the square are particularly beautiful.
There was this pretty flower – does anyone know what it is? And a lovely violet fuchsia (Gayrigg?).
The Philadelphus was in full flower, and there were at least two varieties (Virginal and perhaps Beauclerk) .
There were lots of pretty geraniums (Geranium Oxonianum, I think), and some roses.