London planting

The other day, my husband pointed out that we have a couple of gaps in our back garden / yard in London and that I could plant something there.  This is quite exciting – although I have done loads of planting in the IoW, the garden in London tends to get ignored a bit.  However, other people around us are far more diligent.  I ended up taking some photos as there are quite a few plants that are looking amazing.

I love these poppies (Liverpool Road)
I didn’t realise that rhododendrons would grow in London as we have alkaline soil (Liverpool Road)
I can’t remember what this plant is. The flowers remind me of gorse and broom (Liverpool Road)
A really light Californian lilac (Liverpool Road)
A darker Californian Lilac (Almeida Street)

At present, we have a lilac tree which is beautiful when it flowers but the flowers are short lived (we completely missed them when we were away).  I’d always thought that I’d like another lilac, either darker or lighter (so like the lilac trees in St Petersburg) but maybe a Californian Lilac would also be very pretty (and perhaps the flowers would last a bit longer).

Lilac

One thing I did notice about St Petersburg was how lovely their lilac is.  I must have come at exactly the right time because my lilac has gone over but all their lilac was looking terrific.

Lilac in front of a flowering horse chestnut tree
Lilac in front of a flowering horse chestnut tree
Dark and light lilac
Dark and light lilac
Light lilac and white lilac
Light lilac and white lilac

It takes a while for lilac to grow to be this size.  They must have great gardeners.  Plus, I love the way they’ve put different coloured lilac next to each other.  I might try this in either London or the IoW.  It won’t look like this though.

Lilac

I just love our lilac tree in London.  I wanted to plant one in the IoW but my gardener said it was pointless – it wouldn’t like the wind and sea spray.

Lilac
Lilac

I took this out of an upstairs window – the tree really needs a prune but I’m not going to do that while it’s flowering.

I have a hangover today; it was a friend’s 40th birthday party yesterday.  I have also been bitten to death – the bites on my legs are from midges who (presumably) breed in the compost bins and the ones on my feet and arms are random London biting insects.  I’ve never been bitten before in London but I suppose it’s possible.  Itchy as anything.