Aug 152013
 
Bath

Bath

I loved these stately hollyhocks, standing like sentinels in gravel. I presume they’ve self seeded there. They reminded me of some verbascums planted in a courtyard in the Temple by Andrea Brunsendorf, head gardener at the Inner Temple. I saw them back in June after the Inner Temple Dog Show, but in all the excitement I forgot to share them with you.

Verbascums

Temple, London

 

Jul 112011
 

Fitzrovia

I don’t think I’ve ever had a ‘girl crush’ before but I might be in danger of developing one. My friend Vicky and I stumbled across Emma’s hairdressing emporium (which doesn’t yet have a name) on Cleveland Street a couple of months back. We instantly loved the way she’d kitted it out (shabby chic might be the best way to describe it) and swooned over the battered green leather sofa in the window and old issues of Vogue. We also fell in love with her black labrador, who she takes for walks in Regents Park, temporarily shutting up shop.

When we went there the other evening to make an appointment for Vicky, we were instantly struck by Emma’s new flamboyant display of pots. It turns out that sheused to live across the road and had a similar display there on the steps of her flat – I’d wondered why it had disappeared. Nasturtiums, geraniums, hydrangeas and hollyhocks spill on to the pavement and create quite a show. From inside the salon, it looks like a real garden.

Vicky and I both agreed that Emma is very cool indeed. Next time we go in we’ll probably discover that she gives all her earnings to charity and is about to discover a cure for cancer.

Mar 202011
 
Kentish Town

If there’s one place I’d like to live in London, it’s Kentish Town. It’s near Hampstead Heath, is home to a healthy amount of oddballs and hasn’t entirely been taken over by the three-wheeled buggy/Farrow & Ball/cupcake brigade. Plus it has a resident who had the idea of planting up the tree pits.

His name is Sean Kanavan and he lives on Ryland Road. You can read more about him here. Every tree is underplanted – currently with irises and hollyhocks. Apparently the council obliged by lifting paving slabs to make more room for the plants. The road has won Camden in Bloom awards and in the spring sunshine it was lovely place to be.

If anyone fancies buying me a place there, do let me know.