Red Darter


2 Comments

Autumn

October arrived and London and our garden took on autumnal colours.
One quiet Sunday we spotted two foxes sleeping on the neighbour’s garden-house roof all afternoon. The location covered in leaves which they choose for their nap matched their fur. The sight of these animals in the midst of a metropolis felt very peaceful and fairytale-like.

Sleeping foxes

 By now the vine leaves turned red and orange:

IMG_0626

 and a storm blew the sunflowers over

IMG_0523

 I started to clear up the garden for winter

IMG_0541

Over the summer I had made a friend, who comes to visit me from the flat downstairs
most times when I spend time in the garden, Stanley the cat:

Cat

Cat

Cat

Cat

 

IMG_0637

 So the clear-up activity has begun:

IMG_0634

IMG_0635

IMG_0644

 

IMG_0638

IMG_0649

IMG_0640

 

IMG_0647

IMG_0657

 

 

 


Leave a comment

A Hackney garden in summer – part five

In August the runner beans were ready for harvesting:

Runner beansand had developed what I didn’t expect: pink beans 

Runner beans

Runner beans

 

Runner beans

 By September the sunflowers were more than 2 metres high:

Sunflowers

Sunflower

 

Sunflower

Sunflower

Cat


Leave a comment

A Hackney garden in summer – part four

A closer look at the garden in July and August.
First year Hollyhock plants grown from seeds, on a fresh summer morning. These plants only flower starting in their second year. 

Hollyhock

Pink and White Dwarf Godetia:

Dwarf Godetia

Pink and White Dwarf Godetia

A wild star-shaped flower:

IMG_0090

IMG_0093

Floor covering Five Spot Nemophila:Five Spot Nemophila

Five Spot Nemophila

Plants in our staircase garden:

IMG_0391

Delicate, silky Ipomoea flowers growing through our Star Jasmine terrace railing:

IMG_0028

IMG_0031

IMG_0037

IMG_0390

Double African Marigold:

Double African Marigold

Double African Marigold

Double African Marigold


Leave a comment

A Hackney garden in summer – part three

Mornings in our garden in June and July are wonderful.
At the back you can see that the runner beans grew a meter tall and started to flower.

IMG_3426

IMG_3424

 Runner bean blossoms:

IMG_3406

IMG_3414

IMG_3438

 A few wild flowers blossomed in the ‘meadow’ section of our flower bed: 

IMG_3538

 A detail from our staircase garden:

IMG_3550

Another wild flower, Borage:

IMG_3563

IMG_3653

IMG_3654

IMG_3568

 

Hosta flower:

IMG_3465

 

Hosta flower

 Star Jasmine:

IMG_3583

 And our friendly visitor, the neighbours’ cat Stanley, who comes round every morning

IMG_3647

IMG_3648


Leave a comment

A Hackney garden in summer – part two

My second update on gardening progress this summer.
I finally found the best suited space for an ivy plant I had for the last four years – it is now on the terrace, facing North-East and finally doing very well:

Ivy

 I love spring and summer in London

IMG_3346

IMG_3347

In June it was time to come up with some new decoration outside the front door:

IMG_8998

IMG_9002

IMG_9004

IMG_9005

And see the runner beans grow taller

IMG_8989

Runner beans

Runner beans


Leave a comment

A Hackney garden in summer – part one

It has been a long time since I last updated you on my garden here in Hackney in London. The last you probably know, is that in April I decided to take part in the National Gardening Week. I cleared out the entire shared garden and started to plant seeds.
I can now tell you that the whole project was a success! Over the course of the summer the garden has gone through several stages , which I have recorded whenever I had a moment to take a picture. Observing the different plants develop was very fulfilling. Here is the first of a few updates : )

Step one, seedlings growing in a propagator:

IMG_3217

 

IMG_3224

My home-grown runner bean seedlings ready to be planted outside:

Runner bean seedlings

 

Runner Bean

 

Runner bean

Runner bean

 

Runner Bean

Three rows of freshly planted sunflower seedlings:

Sunflower seedlings

Sunflower seedlings

At the back, runner beans and marigold; at the front, dwarf godetia and five spot nemophila;
at the centre, 
nectar rich wild flowers to attract butterflies:

IMG_8756

  A few weeks later: 

IMG_3315

IMG_3323

Lavender:

Lavender

 Lavender, herbs and the flowerbed in the background:

Lavender and herbs

Lavender

Lavender

 


Leave a comment

Who says you can’t have a garden on a boat?

Exactly. That’s what the owners of the canal boats in London must have thought.
Along the Regents Canal in Hackney many houseboats feature small gardens on their roofs, bows and sterns. It is a delight to watch them. Some I photographed today, grow tomatoes and even sweetcorn and strawberries! I also spotted a miniature poly tunnel and a hydroponic system.
So well done to London’s urban gardeners on their boats!

Here below, you can see a small vegetable garden on a boat roof with tomatoes and squash

Garden on Canal Boat, London

Garden on Canal Boat, Regents Canal, London

The owner of the garden is growing sweetcorn, tomatoes and strawberries. There’s also the small poly tunnel I mentioned

Garden on Regents Canal Boat, London

Garden on roof of Canal Boat, Regents Canal London

 Container gardening on two other canal boats

Conatiner Gardening, Regents Canal Boat, London

The owners of this boat are even growing a sunflower on the boat! And you can see their hydroponic system on the roof

Garden on roof of canal Boat, regents Canal Hackney, London

 Some succulent plants in pots grow next to salad in a hydroponic system 

Garden on roof of Canal Boat, regents Canal, Hackney, London

Two other boats feature water butts, a selection of herbs in pots and what looks like an olive tree

Garden on Canal boat, Hackney, london

 Tree reflections in the canal

Canal boats, Regents Canal, Hackney, London

And last but definitely not least, a green canal oasis in the middle of London on the same canal (Hackney, Regents Canal)

Regents Canal, Hackney, London

 I hope you enjoyed the glimpse onto what life is like on Hackney’s Regents Canal

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 140 other followers