Going for gold – in North London

I didn’t manage to get tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show this year so here’s my own Chelsea garden in Stroud Green. I love the bronzes and purples of the heuchera, astrantia, cirsium and acer against the greens and whites in this border.

And here is the same border as an aerial view showing the different textures of the plants.

Astrantia
Cirsium rivulare atropurpureum

Here’s another border. Geranium Johnson’s Blue, aquilegia (I think Nora Barlow?) and self-seeded Alchemilla mollis and valerian.

Cottage garden border

Another border fringed with the ever-multiplying Alchemilla mollis! It’s so pretty with raindrops on but I couldn’t get a photo of those rare drops.

Alchemilla mollis – the little tramp!

I’m keen on geraniums, especially blue ones. Here’s the lovely Geranium Rozanne, much beloved, and deservedly so, by Carol Klein. It’s out from June till October, but this is a very early flower.

Geranium Rozanne

I’ve also just discovered a newer relation to Rozanne – Geranium azure rush which I’m told has a more compact form and is even more long-flowering.  I bought mine from Claire Austin which came in excellent condition.

Geranium azure rush

I haven’t got many roses, but who could fail to love the Rambling Rector – a cascade of unruliness, just like some unkempt Victorian vicar’s garden.

Rambling rector rose

Another rose I bought at this time from David Austin is New Dawn, which after several years has come into its own. Its a modern rose and flowers repeatedly and has the most delicate fragrance.  Worth waiting for.

New Dawn

At the end of my garden is a pond with various planting around it.  Here is a rush with some fish sculpture from Crocus floating above.

Rush with fish

And lastly a picture of my pond.  It looks tranquil but I have many newts, water snails, water boatmen and damsel and dragonflies. I even have a daily visit from a sparrow hawk sipping from the pond.  There’s been a pair nesting in the trees on the railway at the bottom of our gardens for several years now.

Wildlife pond

3 thoughts on “Going for gold – in North London”

  1. Love that Rambling Rector… my grandfather was a vicar, perhaps a bit less rosy than these, but a bit of rambling might have been just what he needed!

  2. I really love rambling rector – and also have one that has bloomed profusely this year. Your garden is so beautiful – and gets even more so every week!

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