|One of the many planting groups in St. James Park. Notice the contrast of the hot and cool colors.|
I thought I would show you some of the pictures I took of the gardens in England. I didn't go on a gardening tour and I didn't set out to take snap shots of plants, but England is so lush and verdant that I couldn't help but notice all the natural beauty. Just imagine what it would be like to go on a gardening tour of Great Britain or to plan to go to the best gardens in the country. Hum...now there's an idea for a vacation. I hope you enjoy these!
St. James Park in London.
St. James is one of the parks that connects to Buckingham Palace. It use to be a royal hunting ground, but over the centuries became more of a pleasure ground with a scenic lake and beautiful flower beds.
|This ancient wisteria vine is about four hundred years old! It smelled divine!|
Modern English gardening seems to be all about contrast, contrast of color and texture. This bed was labeled an exotic bed. Exotic! These are mostly old faithfuls at home. Dusty Miller. Variegated monkey grass. Begonias. Serpent Tongue. Palms. Iron plants. Hen and chickens.
It's funny how exotic means different things to different people!
|These are the much more formal William and Mary gardens which were modeled on the French style.|
They are beautiful and enormous but a little repetitive, not quite as interesting as the Tudor gardens.