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London gardens - Postman's Park


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London gardens – Postman’s Park

At the end of March our youngest son came over from Spain with his wife to spend 4 days with us. On the Friday I went down with them to London.

Our daughter-in-law had never visited the UK before so she had a lot of interest in visiting London, to see some of the tourist sites but especially to visit a few places not usually visited by tourists & perhaps not well know to many British people either! I certainly didn’t know of the existence of these places!

One was the Silver Vaults where the silver vaults have been converted into shops. She had particular interest in visiting them so we went there. She got a pair of silver earrings there. From there it was a short walk to this London Garden I had particular interest in seeing.

Here it is:

This lovely red Camellia was one of the first to capture my interest!

This big, old Camellia had flowers in different colours so I couldn’t resist the urge to take several photos of it!

Here is a closer look at the lovely flowers:

In this very close up shot I centred my attention on this particularly fine bloom:

I loved this Cherry tree in full bloom & took a couple of photos of it & then my son told me to get close to it & he would take a photo of it with me, here is the result:

The Hellebores looked wonderful:

This Japanese Acer was just starting to put out its spring foliage. As it was a little difficult to see I darkened the photo to make the foliage a little more visible at the time of adding the captions to the photos:

Whereas here all the Snowdrops had finished flowering, in these gardens they were still in flower!

Here are some Snake’s Head Fritillaries:

These Snowflakes were flowering at the same time as the Snowdrops. Normally the Snowdrops have all but finished when these put in their appearance.

This little hidden park has won several awards over the years:

G.F. Watts’s Memorial To Heroic Self Sacrifice

I didn’t know of the existence of this Memorial to Self-Sacrifice but reading some of the memorial tablets I just felt I had to take a few photos to include in this blog.

I’ve put a link at the bottom of the page if anybody is interested in reading more about this memorial. It’s a shame this memorial isn’t better known.

These people weren’t “Heroes”, as we usually think of heroes, just ordinary people going about their ordinary lives till the moment of their deaths produced in extraordinary circumstances, true “unsung heroes”.

Further information on this park & the memorial tablets can be found here:

Postman’s Park

I just had to include this photo here of some magnificent Magnolias we saw in an interior patio while looking for Postman’s Park. Not being in the park I’ve put the photo at the end of the blog.

I hope you have found this blog of interest. This “hidden jewel” deserves to be visited by more people & the G.F. Watts’s Memorial To Heroic Self Sacrifice very much deserves to be made more public – as I’m sure you will agree.

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Just posted a comment on your other blog, Balcony, then found this one mentioning the Silver Vaults. I worked for several years in the same building where the vaults were underground! Spent many a rainy lunchhour wishing I could afford the wonderful items on display shown there. My father also knew the vaults well as he was posted near there as a fireman during World War II. Small world! :o)

11 Apr, 2011


Small world indeed! LOL! Did you know of Postman's Park? It's not very far from there.

11 Apr, 2011


Really interesting blog Balcony & as usual great pics..wouldnt mind an interior patio like that

11 Apr, 2011


Yes, I would go there on sunny lunch times, or nip through one of the little side alleys, through the law court gardens seeing the barristers in their silks, and on to walk by the Thames.

12 Apr, 2011


Hi Balcony..
smashing blog...thank you :o)

13 Apr, 2011


So glad you liked it, TT! :-))

Joanella I think we would ALL like a patio like that! LOL!

We didn't see any barristers while we were there, Nariz!

13 Apr, 2011

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