16 July 2009
Ham Lands is a wonderful place to walk if you want to forget that you live in a city as it is a large tract of (mostly) unmanaged wilderness. The least managed, and therefore the most attractive, section is the North West corner where is touches the Thames on two sides. Paths like this take you to nowhere in particular, which is exactly where you want to go.
15 July 2009
This small metal plaque sits discreetly on the front wall of Ormeley Lodge. I have no idea what it means but the only information that it contains is "Westminster" and "1717", both of which are now some distance away.
13 July 2009
12 July 2009
Immediately to the rear of Ormeley Lodge is a formal lawn with border and if you brave the lion guarding the path through the hedge you can escape to the wonderful orchard where wild flowers cavort in delight at their freedom.
9 July 2009
6 July 2009
5 July 2009
4 July 2009
My favourite part of the garden at Ormeley Lodge is the large orchard at the back. Wild flowers decorate the spaces between the sparsely planted trees, paths weave past them so that you can meander through the orchard just like a gentle breeze does, and a trim hedge around the edge keeps everything in proper order.
2 July 2009
The vegetable garden at Petersham House has much to recommend it, including the brick wall and path, the large pots and the clutter of tools, canes and sheds that show you that this is very much a working garden.