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

 

Jun 152013
 
Embankment

Embankment

Last Sunday was the inaugural Inner Temple Garden Dog Show, part of the Chelsea Fringe. I’m not really a dog person – in a previous life I worked on the TV programme Pet Rescue and in┬áthe space of one summer saw enough dysfunctional and scary canines (and their even more dysfunctional and scary owners) to last me a lifetime.

Happily most of the pooches in this competition were a delight – mostly terriers and spaniels. They were very keen on sniffing each other’s bottoms and took a fair amount of coaxing to stand in line and parade up and down. Boris, the spaniel that belongs to Andrea, the head gardener, had to be taken indoors shortly after the first contender arrived due to over-excitement and territorial barking.

Inner Temple Chelsea Fringe dog show

Above are the contenders for the ‘Dog Most Like Its Owner’ category. First prize was won by the dog on the left, whose owner rather blatantly dressed in white and wore a furry gilet and headscarf. I thought it should have gone to the dog on the far right, whose fur perfectly matched its owner’s hair.

And this is Meg, winner of the ‘Dog The Judges Would Most Like To Take Home’ category. When I knelt down to give her a stroke, she climbed onto my lap and licked my face. Awwwww.

Inner Temple Chelsea Fringe dog show