Just seen the news item about the development plans for Melior Street Garden. One of the first things that struck me when I came to live in SE1 was the number of attractive little green spaces we've got and the careful work that goes into planting and maintaining them. I'm still finding new ones. Now that spring's come, I wondered if people have particular favourites?
The patchwork of gardens in SE1 is indeed a unique selling point of the area and makes it the liveable place we know and love. After a long time becoming convinced, the new planting in Potters Field has me entranced - familiarity has made me see that there is always something new to look at with the seasons, and it is an interestingly modern addition to more traditional planting elsewhere.
The Red Cross Garden is undoubtedly fabulous - it is like stepping back in time to a cottage garden. Leathermarket Gardens are glorious when the roses are out - just take a breath of that perfumed scent!
Cherry Blossom Gardens on the river as you approach The Angel at Rotherhithe (oh, let me have one just inside SE16 if you will?!) is great in April when the trees that give it its name are strutting their flowery stuff.
Best of all though at this time of year is the Mint Street garden (between Southwark Bridge Road and Marshalsea Road) - I was quite taken aback by how fantastic this looked yesterday. I like the chaoticly graceful planting - catch the spring pinks and blues here whilst you can, and then come back in a few months to smell the Summer herbal planting (lavender blues, rosemary and thyme aplenty!)
A selection to make the most green fingered gardener in "greener" postcodes jealous, and all on our doorsteps her in SE1.