A trip to Kensington Roof Gardens, and a surprise!
So my blog is a bit late, but Monday was my first meet up with someone from Grows on You!! It’s been great to see other members meeting up in real life after ‘meeting’ on the site so I was excited when David wrote to see if we could meet up during his family visit to London.
We agreed to meet somewhere gardening related and since David had missed the Kensington Roof Gardens on his last couple of visits we thought it would be great to eat there and then take in the roof gardens afterwards (they’re the ones that have the flamingoes).
Well, the views from the restaurant were spectacular and lunch was excellent. We decided that 3 courses was the way to go – and after a brief moments thought (how long does it take to think ‘yes’) we agreed a nice glass of wine is an important part of enjoying a garden. When my starter arrived I couldn’t believe it was garnished with nasturtiums!! Both of us had a good chuckle at the dismay this might cause in certain GoY quarters and I had to take a photo :o)
A nasturtium garnish!
Over lunch David assured me that in the great veggies vs. flowers debate he is definitely a veggie grower and gave the same reason that I do – we both find it more satisfying. It was really interesting to hear more about Davids wonderful Wizard of Oz garden, and I explained my latest dilemma about what to plant (I haven’t forgotten, dont worry). David said that along with the normal constraints of sunlight, soil etc… having a theme really helped focus what plants he added to his garden – something Grenville recommended too. I also got to hear his fabulous plans for what next!! I’m not sure if they’re secret so I won’t spill the beans yet :o)
While we both finished with cheesecake, staff cut fresh herbs from baskets on the balcony for use in the kitchen.
After lunch we took a walk around the gardens both armed with cameras. I’m not sure if I’m spoilt with all the fabulous photos on GOY but we both agreed that the gardens were a bit of a let down, despite the flamingoes.
Flamingoes at Kensington Roof Gardens
There’s meant to be a Tudor, a Spanish and a Woodland area as part of the roof gardens. Although the gardens were clearly divided in to areas they could have done (at least for me) with a few bits of signage, and we were convinced that there was a Japanese feel to parts of the garden.
A Japanese theme?
There was lots and lots of ivy which made the gardens green but didn’t really add much structure or excitement; see, I do listen :o) We thought that maybe because the gardens’ main purpose is as a venue there are pressures to look reasonable all year round, but never fantastic? David also noted (though I would never have known) that a lot of the flowers in the Spanish area were native English flowers.
The Spanish garden
On the walk back to my tube stop we met David’s family and I got to say hi to the inspiration behind the Oz themed garden. Just time for one last photo before we said farewell after a great afternoon :o)
David and me
- 7 Aug, 2008
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