A Sunday stroll in St. James’s Park, London

I went for a stroll in St James’s Park in London this COVID affected Summer! St James’s Park is one of the Royal Parks in London in fact the oldest one. It used to be marshy water meadow wherein the 13th century a women’s leper hospital was built, and that is how it was named. At the time the royal court was the Palace of Westminster.

St James's Park, London
St James’s Park, London

In 1532 Henry VIII building the Palace of St. James here. Later Queen Elizabeth I used it for events and pageantry. King James I improved the drainage, and the beginning of the Mall was also established. He drained a pond called Rosamond’s Pond where Buckingham Palace is now. He used to keep different types of animals at the park, there were elephants, camels, crocodiles.

But Charles II redesigned the park and created the avenues and it was opened to the public since he used to be exiled in France he was influenced by French landscape architecture and he commissioned Andre Molet to redesign it. Later more pageantry with the Horse Guards was added. But in 1837 it was re-landscaped by John Nash in a romantic style. Birds were introduced to the park at the same time. IT was during Prince Regent, later George IV that major changes as we know today occurred.

St James's Park, London
Amaryllis and Tillandsia cyanea among other exotic plants at St James’s Park, London

The park today is a mixture of history, urban green space, natural flower fields, and a haven for birds. Did you know there are Pelicans in St James’s Park? They have been there for 400 years now they were a gift from the Russians Ambassador to King Charles II.

St James’s Park is a wonderful combination of large grass areas sheltered by trees for picnics, strolls by the lake, colorful beds of flowers, a children’s playground, and not to forget some of the monuments surrounding it.

St James's Park, London
Beautiful border of flowers at St James’s Park, London with pink Cosmos
St James's Park, London
St James’s Park, London
St James's Park, London
St James’s Park, London
St James's Park, London
St James’s Park, London

The flower borders are full of varieties of flowers, Morning Glory on a trellis, Fuchsia, Begonias, Impatiens, Dahlias.

St James's Park, London
St James’s Park, London
Canna Lily
Coleus and Canna Lily at St James’s Park, London

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I am a flower enthusiast and a gardener at heart. Ever since childhood I loved reading about plants and started gardening at an early age. First by helping my father in the garden and later managing a large garden myself in my teen years. I planted and cared for a large number of plants, flowers, and trees both outdoors and in a greenhouse. To this day I enjoy visiting gardens and parks and learning about new and old specimens and varieties of plants.

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