In June, we had the great pleasure to be in England at the beginning (Porstmouth, Dover) of our recent trip, and at the end, in London. Everywhere were street celebrations of the Queen’s 90th birthday. This one in our old neighborhood was scheduled for the day we departed.
London was en fete with many more flowers than our last visit. Probably due to the month – June – the height of “The Season” and the general festive mood…..three days before Brexit.
On a bright breezy Sunday we walked to our old neighborhood to check out the front door color. When we moved in, #11 was red; we changed it to dark green but, as you see, it is a dignified black now. There used to be a big tree too.
Sadly down the street towards Wilton Crescent, these days the neighbors favor deer in stone gardens and plastic boxwood. We saw lots of that – it is really a peculiar shade of green.
Around the corner on West Halkin Street is Neill Strain Floral Couture – new to me and closed on a Sunday. Check out the website for some gorgeous flowers www.neillstrain.com.
McQueens Flower Shop, Bethnal Green, is the hub of a high end design shop and school which supplies flowers to an impressive list of clients. These gorgeous hydrangeas, orchids and roses graced the lobby of Claridge’s Hotel. Check out their website too: mcqueens.co.uk. Both these florists have floriferous blogs!