Late, I know! The photo actually had to be taken early – at 8am instead of 9am – and by 9 I was at Northampton Station getting my ticket to go to the NEC for the Simply Christmas show. So here I am nearly twelve hours later than usual, posting a photo that was taken early…
All of which could explain why it’s not a very good photo, sorry!
Yesterday I went to a meeting at Cannon Bridge House, in central London. After the meeting we were shown the roof garden, which is surprisingly peaceful and has amazing views across the Thames (slightly weather-dependent of course!). The photos are a little bit wonky as I only had my phone with me.
The turret is one of two from the old Cannon Street station.
The lower garden is an allotment – you can see the runner bean canes – and there are beehives.
After lunch we had a walking tour of some interesting sites, some of which featured little gardens. I didn’t get any more photos of gardens as it was raining a lot of the time, but I can recommend the Church of St Vedast on Foster Lane – next to the church is a little door that leads you to the former churchyard, now a peaceful enclosed courtyard garden. A little way away on Gresham Street, opposite Goldsmiths’ Hall, is the churchyard of St John Zachary (the church itself is long gone). The Goldsmiths own and maintain the churchyard and it’s a nice little garden but the real surprise comes if you walk up through the churchyard towards the Lloyds building and turn right. Next to the churchyard is a little sunken garden created in a former basement. Despite being overlooked it feels very secluded and I can imagine in the summer it would be a lovely place to sit.
Finally we walked along Noble Street and saw the area of exposed Roman city wall and fort, which is also a wildflower garden – with more beehives, which is lovely.
So if you happen to be in the City of London with a spare half hour or so, there might be a garden nearer than you think.
We did a couple of hours in the garden this afternoon – the first part was mainly concerned with sorting out the guttering on the shed, though! Thanks to our neighbours, we now have guttering and just needed to add endstops and a downpipe leading to the blue water barrel. So we did that and now the runoff should go in the barrel rather than all over next door’s new shed.
I took Mum to the garden centre this morning as she wanted some wallflowers and I wanted something to go in the troughs under the front window. The geraniums are still doing well but I didn’t want to leave it any longer. The intention was to avoid the usual pansies/violas but apart from cyclamen there wasn’t really much else to go for – then we spotted some mixed trays of violas and cineraria. Various colours of violas, so I went for a “citrus mix” – yellow, orange and white/yellow – which look lovely and zingy and should brighten up the front even on a gloomy winter day. The geraniums have moved into pots and are on the patio now, they’re still flowering and have new buds coming so we’ll see if they make it through the winter.
Apart from that there was a bit of general tidying up, and I finally dismantled the tomato canes and growbag, which has made room to move the cordyline into the greenhouse well in advance of any frosts.
Lots of colour still, which is pleasing, and we have the two large mahonias in flower – one is a little further along than the other, but the other has several large flower heads so once they open it’s going to be spectacular.
The penstemons Flamingo and Bodnant are still flowering away happily – Sour Grapes hasn’t flowered at all but is fine and has put on new growth, so maybe it just needs more time to settle.
Dianthus are still doing well.
And the abelia is looking lovely – it really seems to have hit its stride this year and I’m so pleased with it.
Not bad for half past October.