Bishop’s dahlias

Those beautiful dahlias grow in the Walled Garden in Fulham Palace, South West London. Fulham Palace used to be a residence of the bishops of London and some of them were keen on botany and plants. Bishop Compton was a successful botanist himself and was receiving seeds and cuttings from the overseas colonies to grow them back in London. It is said that first magnolia in Europe was growing in the Palace grounds.

There is a whole range of dahlias and I love them growing against the wall which makes a very nice background in the photos. The dark foliage is also very attractive making the flowers stand out.bdbd1bd9bd10bd13bd3bd5bd7bd12

 

Royal Pavilion in Brighton

When visiting Brighton on the hottest day of the year   I also went for a wander in the grounds of the Royal Pavilion. It used to be a royal residence and a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales who later became King George IV. Apparently, he was known for his extravagant lifestyle. The exotic architecture in style of the Indo-Gothic and beautiful gardens provided a shelter and retreat from a busy summer beach.brpbrp11brp1brp9brp3brp7brp8p11brp16brp12

Mum’s flowers

I have gone for a week home and spent most of my free time in my parents garden. I managed to do some weeding which I used to hate a lot when growing up. Helping out in the garden and then making all sorts of pickles and jams took some part of my adolescent years. I wouldn’t say I liked it back then. We grew most of our fruit and veg and used to make a burrow in the ground to store the root vegetables over the winter. My parents still grow quite a lot but it is flowers I am most drawn to. As I child I would disappear in the patch of the garden peas which were my favourites to eat and now I will wander around flowers for most of the time to look at their shapes and colours.