5 Brodie Road, a suburban garden measuring 12m x 9m (40′ x 60′) must qualify as the smallest garden I have visited so far, but by no means the least floriferous. Situated in Chingford it was the second opening this year and I peered from the pavement through the white Japanese anemones in the front garden,
to find bright hanging baskets, a hint to what lay behind this semi-detached house where on the left-side Norman greeted us and the garden gate was open…
Passing by the tables and chairs ready to receive those fancying a cuppa, we find a collection of pots lining the fence, pink oleander,
exotic eucomis known as the pineapple flower,
and that old favourite the fresh white rosa Iceberg.
Opposite are succulents arranged on a decorative shelving unit.
Throughout the garden there is a variety of containers, hanging baskets where geraniums grow,
begonias in chimney pots,
and small alpines occupy the seat of a chair.
Barbara and Norman love flowers and colour and for that reason Norman dug up the lawn. Now we feast our eyes on a spectacle of colour that fills the garden.
Plants are packed in, no room for a weed.
There are dahlias to die for:
On the same plant are white blooms, pink blooms and some blooms which cannot make up their minds.
Bright Dahlia ‘Pooh’ is just buzzing.
I think this could be Dahlia ‘chimborazo’, and is that a princely face appearing below?
At the bottom of the garden angled into the corner is an arbor where visitors are tempted to sit for a while.
Just to the side is an abutilon megapotamicum ‘Pink Charm’; a fellow visitor describes them as ‘fairy hats’.
and hidden behind the foliage of jasmine, clematis and miscanthus is a mirror where I just catch sight of something familiar.
From the seat looking back to the house is an arch over which climb the golden yellow cupped heads of Rosa Graham Thomas; it is easy to understand why it was voted the world’s most popular rose.
Through the arch the view towards the house is filled with foliage and flowers.
and in just a few steps I am up by the house and looking back. It is hard to believe this was once a lawn.
We enjoy a slice of cake served through the kitchen door. Barbara has made coffee and walnut, a combination hard to beat. Please don’t tell my niece she has already commented on the fact that my blogs contain too much cake!