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After a 12 hour day at Chelsea Flower Show, what could be a better way of ‘chilling’ than a visit to the Chelsea Physic Garden just down the road.

I think I actually enjoyed this more than Chelsea looking back. The weather was beautiful both days, but there’s something about a walled garden isn’t there….it feels like a sanctuary. They also have a wonderful restaurant where you can get lovely healthy and slightly experimental food with home made baking and desserts. It was so good I bought the recipe book!

Here are some of my photos. I hope you enjoy them, and if you are ever in London with half a day to spare, don’t miss this…..

A view of the garden with the lovely Chelsea houses all around….

Cladanthus Arabicus…I was fascinated by this plant’s clever flower arrangement!

Close up of Cladanthus Arabicus

Centaurea Macrocephala

The whole garden was alive with bees…

Under the Weeping Mulberry Tree…I just had to go there!

Ferula Tingitana…what about that for a cute name!

Fragaria Ananassa ‘Royal Sovereign’…I have never seen this before and I was fascinated by it. The fruit form singly in this upright manner and it is a ground cover plant. It took me a while to find the flower….

Here it is…so pretty!

Grapefruit. Unbelievably, this plant has been growing and fruiting against a south facing wall, outdoors, since the 1940’s, when it was given by somebody local who had grown it from a pip!

Here’s the whole tree…isn’t that amazing?

Ebenus Cretica

Fuchsia Paniculata, in a glass house

Fuchsia Paniculata again…it was so lovely.

Clematis Recta Purpurea…Mine never looked like this!!

Barrow at work!

Filipendula Vulgaris…Would love this in my garden!

Ladybird

Cork Tree

Lovely Wigwam for Peas etc.

Is this a yucca? I don’t know, but it’s huge!

Isoplexis Sceptrum in a glass house

The Sky…it was so beautiful and the clouds were so pretty, I had to take this to show paul! I noticed a similar shot on the Chelsea Flower Show coverage too!

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Oh my! I want to go there, that looks stunning, I loved those plants all of them. The sky is amazing, I have never seen clouds like that before. I want one of those plants in the first two pictures, they are pretty amazing. Do they all just grow outdoors without protection from the frost? I suppose it is just a tad milder that area than we are here. These places are amazing I think I should have liked that more than walking through those crowds at Chelsea.

1 Jun, 2011

 

Looks wonderful Karen..my kinda day out.....All of those flowers are so unusual...loved the 'isoplexis', fuchsia and that gorgeous Ebenus...:>)

1 Jun, 2011

 

those plants and your photos are both fascinating and lovely ~ but i love the sky best of all; thank you for this blog ~ i didnt know about this place ~ i would definitely like to try the restaurant [shows where my priorities lie!]
those ladybirds look a bit special too.

1 Jun, 2011

 

Looks lovely, I'm very jelous :P That last picture looks like tongues of cloud flame... v. pretty :) and I love all those pics of bees and ladybirds :]

1 Jun, 2011

 

FAB-U-LOUS !

1 Jun, 2011

 

i would like to know about the fascinating food karen ~ if you cook some from the book will you let us know how you get on ~ please?

1 Jun, 2011

 

I will Sticki!

Thanks everyone, I knew you'd like this!

1 Jun, 2011

 

What a blog!! I bet it was so wonderfully calm in there after the Chelsea Flowers Show! and what an amazing time of year to go! Fond memories of the beautiful Physic Garden. (chelsea is fab too! or better in the 60/70/early 80's!)

1 Jun, 2011

 

Brilliant Karen - thanks for the last clouds photo too - cirrus clouds are awesome - shows how windy it was in upper atmosphere

Love the other photos very much too - the bees are great - I am dying to catch a good pic of one - love the hairy looking plant lol

1 Jun, 2011

 

I went for the first time about six years ago Lulu, so I have nothing to compare it against, but I love it. Just wish it wasn't so crowded.

1 Jun, 2011

 

many thanks karen

1 Jun, 2011

 

Lovely blog, Karen. We will have to check out the garden the next time we visit London.

1 Jun, 2011

 

Wonderful place Karen..and fantastic plants..I love the
ladybird pic too.Glad you had a lovely time..Shame I wasn't into gardening,when I lived not far from there,in the late 60's! how tastes change .Lol...Thanks for sharing.:o)

1 Jun, 2011

 

Hey Bloomer, we may have passed each other in the street! I lived there 63-74!

1 Jun, 2011

 

ABSALUTLY out of this world stunning thankyou Karen .

Yes this much better than the crowds a true pleasure.

2 Jun, 2011

 

Hi Kath! yes, it was really great. Highly recommend it to you for next year...a perfect antidote to the chelsea buzz.

2 Jun, 2011

 

I prefer the peace and quiet to this lovely place compared to Chelsea Karen. I must go, I dont live too far away either!!!! Lovely pics.

2 Jun, 2011

 

Could that 'yucca' be a date palm?
I wish Ebenus Cretica was hardy - it looks delightful.

2 Jun, 2011

 

Lovely blog, Karen, thank you for sharing. If anyone is near enough to visit, they do lectures here from time to time . . . I went to one by Carol Klein a few years ago, and yes(!) the lunch was delicious.

2 Jun, 2011

 

oooh, i can sense a GOYlondoners reunion in the physic garden developing....just the seed of one...but I think it might happen!

2 Jun, 2011

 

You bet it would/could! I love the side and back streets of Chelsea and the river. Kings road is like Oxford street now and so crowded. I like sitting outside Piccasso coffee shop (if you can get a table!) watch the Kings Road world go by!

3 Jun, 2011

 

Karen, would you believe, I read just TODAY that the English Gardening School (which used to organise the lectures) have moved! So I just might have been fibbing, sorry. :((

I have gone to stand in the naughty corner (well, sit actually) lol.

3 Jun, 2011

 

Don't bother Shelia, you're forgiven for making a wee mistake!

3 Jun, 2011

 

that's a great blog Karen. loved the photo's i haven't been to Chelsea in years..

5 Jun, 2011

 

its a great blog Karen. so many lovely plants...i have to put this garden on my wish list now...it is a cordyline..dont you just love the flowers....im amazed by the grapefruit...thanks for the pics...:-)

6 Jun, 2011

 

Wow, that's the biggest cordyline I've ever seen then Sandra! Thanks!

6 Jun, 2011

 

eh up Karen sue, the Red orache is up in the garden already, wow it wasn't long coming through was it? I could not believe my eyes just went out looking around to see if there was any more rabbit damage and the seeds are up not many but you can just see them poking through the soil. Must have put them in the right way round lol. :O)

6 Jun, 2011

 

i just love the flowers on them...mine are blooming lovely...

6 Jun, 2011

 

put a picture up please Sandra, have no idea what they look like. :o)

6 Jun, 2011

 

I keep forgetting to sow mine! I'll add that to my jobs list for today! I'm going to sprinkle them in where the spinach was which I've just eaten!

6 Jun, 2011

 

i've posted a pic for you Oliveoil..

6 Jun, 2011

 

Ok will have a look in a mo thanks for that Sandra.

6 Jun, 2011

 

That is a great blog Karen. Sorry I missed it earlier. Glad you had a nice time.

9 Jun, 2011

 

Thats ok Linda! Yes it was super!

10 Jun, 2011

 

Your photographs are fabulous and show the garden off beautifully. In answer to an earlier post we do have an adult education programme with lots of exciting courses and talks

http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/education/adultlearning.htm

We have also just started a series of evening Tree Lectures to coincide with our Wednesday late openings.

http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/Summer%20evening%20talksWeb%20(3).pdf

If anyone is interested in finding out anything more about the garden and what is on then please don't hesitate to contact me on 020 7349 6450 or events@chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk

Best Wishes

Sarah

7 Jul, 2011

 

How lovely of you to post on my blog Sarah. The garden was just heavenly....a perfect antidote to Chelsea Flower Show, and a place I would just love to volunteer at.....if only I lived in London! :)) Thank you!

8 Jul, 2011

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