|After 5 hours traveling my mood was black and it was searingly hot!|
|Fir Tree Pelargoniums - Best in the Floral Marquee|
After a very hot night in a noisy Holiday Inn next door to Teddington Station, I made my way back to central London for breakfast in my favourite bistro, Balans in Old Compton Street. I had decided to spend the day in Regent's Park which I have never really explored. This 410 acre (166hectare) park was originally laid out in the 19C to designs by the architect John Nash who designed the many beautiful terraced houses that surround the park. The work was commissioned by the Prince Regent (later King George IV) hence the name Regent's Park. A new royal residence should have been the centerpiece of the park but was never built. It was opened to the public in 1835, originally for just two days a week. London Zoo still occupies land to the north of the park. Queen Mary's Gardens in the Inner Circle were opened in the 1930's on an area previously leased to the Royal Botanical Society. This was named after the wife of King George V and features 12,000 rose in 85 varieties. Sadly some of the beds were showing badly disfigured plants with mildew and blackspot but with European restrictions, there are so few chemicals available to control these diseases.
|Rosa 'Pride of England'|
|Rosa 'Singin' in the Rain'|
|Celebrity designed deckchairs in the rose garden|
By modern standards, these gardens are very formal and dated but are in general maintained superbly, so excellent examples of traditional parks horticulture of that era. As well as the rose garden, there is formal bedding, herbaceous borders, pools, fountains, sub-tropical bedding, a rock garden, a lake, wildlife garden, allotment and many trees and shrubs.
|The National collection of delphineums - these ones 'Foxhill Nina' (pink) and 'Galileo'|
|The pathway to the zoo|
|The Italian Garden|
|Canna iridiflora 'Ehemanii'|
|Phygelius 'Pink Sensation' looking spectacular|
|Colocasia - probably 'Black magic'|
|Alocasia macrorrhiza (I think?)|
|Ligularia - is it 'The Rocket'?|
|Taxodium distichum by the lakeside|
|Pneumatophores - breathing roots linked to the tree above|
|Regent's Park allotment garden|
The day of my visit was hot and sunny and it was wonderful to see so many people enjoying the park; families, young people, joggers, office workers on lunch breaks, photographers and artists. This was a wonderful day in a showy garden without a 'show garden' in sight!