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!
4 thoughts on “5 Brodie Road, a frenzy of flowers in London E4. (66)”
Wow, this garden is jammed packed full of color. You could get lost in this floriferous oasis.
You can never have too much cake!
Lovely garden! I love the Dahlia Pooh….so pretty.
Where do I find a Pooh Dalia ? You would feel happy all day long if you had just one.Coffee and walnut IS the best cake
What a fantastic amount of variety , I too would agree there can never be too much cake!