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Roses of Queen Mary’s Garden

Pride of Cheshire

Queen Mary’s Rose Garden is one of the gardens in Regent’s Park. It was opened to the public in 1932. Queen Mary was the wife of King George V. This is London’s largest collection of roses. There are 12,000 roses of 85 single varieties. About the Rose: Rose is a perennial. It is part of the Rosaceae family of plants. This is a plant family with over 300 species and ...

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The Hottest Day this Summer in London at Regent’s Park

Regent's Park, London

Yesterday, I decided to go to Regent’s Park in London. It just happened to be probably the hottest day of the year. It was 95°F. With all the Covid-19 related closures it was nice to see that the park was kept up with fresh bedding plants and the gardeners going around looking after the plants. Regent’s Park, London The best place in Regent’s Park for flowers is probably the English ...

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

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 a 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 ...

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Regent’s Park in London

Regent's Park, London

One of the Royal Parks in London, Regent’s Park covers 197 hectares. It was part of Henry VIII’s royal chase. This originally was part of a vast forest and known as Marylebone Park. In fact, King Henry VIII seized the park in 1538 from the owner of Abbess of Barking. Prince Regent (later King George IV) asked John Nash to develop it. The design of it is round with a ...

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Ricinus communis – Castor Oil

Ricinus communis - Castor Oil

In a recent visit to London’s Regent Park, I noticed a beautiful and exotic looking plant.  Ricinus communis commonly known as the Castor Oil Plant is a species in the spurge family or the Euphorbiaceae family of plants. It is part of the monotypic genus. Regent’s Park, London It is a fast-growing shrub. In its native habitat, it can grow up to 12m or 39ft tall. However, in climates like ...

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Zantedeschia aethopica – Calla Lily

Zantedeschia, Calla Lily, Arum Lily

Zantedeschia aethopica, Calla Lily, or Arum Lily belongs to the Araceae family of plants. Zantedeschia aethopica is native to South Africa. it is a plant that can be grown in the garden as well as in containers. It can thrive in sun or partial shade. Plant it in moist, poorly drained soil. You can even plant it in a water garden in the shallow water of up to 30 cm ...

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Aster novae-angliae

Symphyotrichum Novae-angliae

Aster novae-angliae ‘Purple Cloud’ or Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Purple Cloud‘ or New England Aster is a member of the Asteraceae family of plants. A deciduous perennial that flowers in summer and fall with purple flowers with yellow centers. It can grow tall up to 1m or 3ft, so it might need staking. Grow it in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in fertile, moist, and well-drained soil. Propagate Aster novae-angliae ...

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Cleome hassleriana

Cleome Hassleriana

Cleome hassleriana is also known as Spider Plant, Pink Queen, or Spider Flower. It is part of the Cleomaceae family of plants. It is native to South America. They are erect annuals reaching a height of about 150cm. The leaves are palmately compound. The flowers are bright pink. Cleome hassleriana flowers in the summer. It is a self-seeding deciduous annual that thrives in the sun. It is drought-resistant. Plant it ...

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A Spring Walk in Hyde Park, London

Cherry Blossom

Springtime in Hyde Park, London is probably the most colorful season. The Chestnut trees are full of flowers, and the Flower Walk near the Prince Albert Monument is full of colorful flowers including Lilacs or beds of yellow, orange, and pink Wallflowers. There are Tulips and pink or red Camellias. Let’s not to forget the Cherry Blossom Trees that really bring the paths to life. If you are in London ...

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Salvia nemorosa ‘Pink Friesland’

Salvia Nemorosa - Pink Friesland

Salvia nemorosa ‘Pink Friesland’ is a beautiful, upright perennial sage. It is part of the Lamiaceae family of plants. Salvia nemorosa ‘Pink Friesland’ has narrow fragrant leaves. They are greyish green. It produces deep pink flowers in the summer, early to late summer.  It grows to about 24″ tall. Salvia nemorosa ‘Pink Friesland’ is native to Europe. It grows fast. It is also nice as a cut flower. Salvia nemorosa ...

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