Cable Street Community Garden & Open Garden Squares Weekend

Cable Street Community Garden is an unlikely haven of peace in London’s former Docklands, on either side of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). The gardeners have always been committed to organic gardening for their fruit, vegetables, and flowers, and the site attracts birds, bees, butterflies, and of course foxes! Do visit during Open Garden Squares Weekend on Sunday 10 June. 

Roses in Cable Street Gardens

A Bouquet of Roses from Cable Street Community Garden

Cable Street Community Gardens will be open on Sunday 18 June during Open Garden Squares Weekend – do visit! I posted a general view of the gardens previously but I had to return because the roses are just …. well, I can’t really find the words because ‘beautiful’, ‘elegant’, ‘delightful’, ‘fragrant’ don’t begin to describe the wonder of these exquisite blooms alongside the DLR in Tower Hamlets. The roses were just as beautiful last year – standing proud, draped over fences and arches, and climbing into trees, the scent mingling with honeysuckle and jasmine.

Roses in Cable Street Gardens

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’

 

Greenwich Park Rose Garden

Ranger’s House dates from c.1700 and was built for a sea captain, Vice Admiral Francis Hosier. The house overlooks Blackheath and backs on to Greenwich Park. It is possible to visit the house, but only on a guided tour. The rose garden is in the Park and is filled with wonderful things.

15-6-16 Greenwich Park Roses-2946

These stunning roses in the rose garden at Greenwich Park are called Michèle Meilland, but after searching on the internet I wonder if they are actually Francis Meilland?

Michele Meilland rose

Michele Meilland rose

Michele Meilland rose

Michele Meilland rose

I enthused over this rose last year as well!

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Lyons’ famous roses
Photographs of Alain Meilland & family

A quiet Sunday morning

It is going to be a very hot day again so I watered the shady parts of the garden. And while standing there I remembered my mother. She loved plants and always urged and cajoled and nurtured them to achieve their best possible efforts! She saw pictures of my garden in Suffolk, but it was too late for her to travel to the UK to actually see it. I would have like to talk to her about it this morning, but of  course she isn’t there anymore. And then I thought I can still talk to her, and I am sure she will hear, and so I did. And I will send her some pictures too.

Hydrangea 'Annabelle'
Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’

Anemone 'Hadspens Abundance'
Anemone ‘Hadspens Abundance’