I’ve been feeling a little bereft this past week. No Tiny Dog turning somersaults down the hallway when I come home, no Tiny Dog hot water bottle action on my tum at night, no Tiny Dog sitting on her kitchen bed beadily watching me test recipes.
That’s because London Fashion Week and Tiny Dogs are not compatible, so she’s been spending a country vacay with my sister and mama.
I’m also missing our regular long walks in the Regent’s Park at the end of my road. Since Lettice arrived here last autumn we’ve walked over pretty much every inch of that park at least every other day. Whilst I still have a thing for the camels – London Zoo backs onto the northern edge – I also love Queen Mary’s Gardens, where I took these photos. (Tiny Dog travels in my bag at this point, as there are no dogs allowed here.)
Right in the centre of the park, and named after the wife of King George V, Queen Mary’s Gardens opened to the general public in 1932, and the first superintendent planted a rose garden which was completed in 1934.
The rose garden is London’s largest collection of roses with approximately 12,000 roses planted within the gardens, and 85 single variety beds on display. And it’s not just roses: The Delphinium border has full National Collection status, the Mediterranean Borders are well established, and the Begonia Garden, with its 9,000 begonias, is twice yearly planted with seasonal bedding.
At this time of year I like to imagine what it will look like in June, the best time for flowers here.
This reed bed has been planted to attract native wildlife.