Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham

Lower Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham

Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham is in two parts – south and north, or upper and lower – and separated by Kitto Road. My first visit was to the South Park (Upper) last week and today I cross the road to walk in Lower Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham (North Park).

Six challenges in The City Garden

Well, you have to pay for pleasure and after enjoying the sunshine and bright colours of Northern Spain I have returned to a messy, sombre garden in London. It could be worse – the gardens could be dry and dead! Nevertheless I have six challenges in the City Garden this week.

Autumn in Suffolk

I think I am coming to the end of the gardening year in Suffolk – the garden is starting to look as though it wants to rest.

Greenwich Park in Autumn

I love wandering in Greenwich Park in the evenings and at the moment the autumn colours are wonderful, although winter seems just round the corner. The ring-necked parakeets and the squirrel are frenetically busy, and very noisy, gathering up the chestnuts.

Autumn in Suffolk

The front garden is looking just as abundant as the back garden – in the evening light it looked more like high summer than autumn!

The front garden in the evening light
The front garden in the evening light

Anthemis 'Mayonnaise'
Anthemis ‘Mayonnaise’

There are some late roses – William Shakespeare and Graham Thomas

William Shakespeare

Graham Thomas

The bed which was replanted in the spring is working! The Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ are marvellously vibrant – I may plant a few more in the spring – and the Japanese Anemones ‘Honorine Jobert’ are starting to clump in the shade of the hedge.

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The sedums are spectacular!

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

Autumn in Suffolk

I can’t believe that it is early October and the garden still looks good. I started clearing up in the back garden, cutting down the Japanese Anemones before the seedpods could burst – they are multiplying quite fast enough without seeding as well! I need to thin the clumps but I think I will wait til early spring while the plants are still dormant. The Viburnum berries are abundantly red and the sedums are absolutely stunning. The cool start to the year meant they didn’t romp away and I have compact plants with enormous flower heads.

Counterpoint in Weather

There, is it definitely winter, with temperatures below freezing and the first snows.

The first snows
The first snows

Here, it is suddenly much colder, that wet cold that seeps into your bones, but the leaves are still resolutely clinging to the trees, and there is a last, mad, dash of colour.

Evening colour

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Counterpoint in Weather

We are sharing yellow – over here the quinces are changing colour and over there the leaves have turned.

Ripening quinces
Ripening quinces