A great post Adrian. Like your last one I recall!
I too have a pretty London garden (shared, a bit annoyingly with the flat below). I long to have a garden of my own but do my best with this small one. I've tried to make it like an outside room. Climbing roses, honeysuckle, foxgloves, lavender.
There's my own small conservatory too which is attached to the building where my back door is. This is wood, painted white (due for a new coat), designed by me & built by my clever son a few years ago. Inside I made canvas roof curtains to look like sails as shade from the sun. It's east and south facing so gets like a furnace in Summer. Great in Spring & Autumn.
I live in a Victorian 'maisonette'. I love it.
Lucky me, to the west, front, I look over a lovely London garden with railings (we had lottery funding to restore the park to it's turn of the century glory a few years ago. It took a year)!
Only native trees, shrubs & flowers. Old water fountain near the middle. In the centre where the bandstand used to be we could only afford to make a large paved area for bands, gatherings etc. There's a little tiny shed where a nice Italian guy sells proper coffee and real ice cream. At the moment lots of families, picnics & little tiny people whizzing round on scooters.
Last Sunday we had some really good bands playing most of the day as well as welcoming home of the London-Paris-London cycling team who raised thousands for colitis. Wednesday the annual teddy bears picnic. I always help out when I can.
re picnics, I have to keep a tight rein on my hungry Lab!
What's great is that I've just discovered that my own WiFi works on the nearest bench.
To the rear I overlook a couple of gardens from around the corner plus the local primary school field with it's trees and sound of children playing.
I couldn't be further away from you in SW London with Wimbledon Common a half hour (uphill) walk away. Richmond Park not to far either. Has anyone seen the YouTube Benson clip? That could have been Fred & I.
I'm looking forward to winning the lotto so as to pay off the mortgage and stay here for ever (which reminds me, a little stroll into the centre 6 minutes away is on the cards).
Adrian, thank you for your post & have a lovely weekend in your lovely garden - also anyone else lucky enough to have a patch of their own, or a balcony?