London is my favorite city in the world. We were lucky enough to live there in the 1980’s, and we return as often as we can.
In our, and many, neighborhoods around London it was de rigueur to plant window boxes, planter boxes and urns, changing them every couple of months. One of my first memories of London from the 1970’s were successions of lavish window boxes bursting with blue and white cineraria, Senecio cruentis.
That tradition seemed to have died out so I made it my mission to find reminders of that gentler past. These window boxes are planted with a little leaf box, Kalanchoe, and intertwined ivy that makes a series of looped-like roping.
One of London’s most charming smaller parks is tucked away between Farm, South Audley and Mount Streets. Partially enclosed by tall Victorian buildings on two sides and the Grosvenor Chapel on another, Mount Street Gardens is a favorite spot for sitting and the multitude of benches, many dedicated to Americans, are testament to this enjoyment.
Showing a variety of juxtapositions of temperate plant collections, the garden is dominated by a Canary palm, Phoenix canariensis underplanted with tulips and wall flowers, while magnolias, hollies and camellias flower nearby. The main trees of the part are London plane trees, Plantanos x hispanica. The Chusa Palm flourishes here along with Acacia.