London’s Kensington Garden Flower Walk

Back to our September trip. So Judy and I took a train from the Loire to Paris, and then another from Paris to London, passing under the English Channel. For people in that part of the world this is not a big deal but it made us feel so very sophisticated.

Kensington Garden flower walk with Albert Memorial in the background.
Kensington Garden flower walk with Albert Memorial in the background.

One of the first things we did in London was visit Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. We saw only a fraction of these enormous public spaces. Also, I have only a vague idea of what most of the plants were. But frankly I’m tired tonight, so this post will be more pics and less narrative.

Hyde Park has a big lagoon called the serpentine. Lots of birds to feed.
Hyde Park has a big lagoon called the serpentine. Lots of birds to feed.

 

Hyde Park London
Speaking of birds to feed, this guy has his own personal tribe of pigeons. Lots of Hyde Park is just open turf.

We started out by walking through Hyde Park.

Albert Memorial
Albert Memorial

 

Shine on, Albert.
Shine on, Albert.

We discovered the Albert Memorial after passing into Kensington Garden. Judging from this monument, there was nothing reserved about Queen Victoria’s feelings for her late husband. The memorial is a bit over the top with heaps of statuary. At the four corners of the monument are figures representing the devastation felt at Albert’s death in all four corners of the globe. That’s what it seemed like anyway. I think the statuary above represents the Near East.

Albert Memorial Hall

And the Albert Memorial Hall was also close at hand.

Kensington Garden Flower Walk

Once we were done paying our respects to Albert, we enjoyed the Kensington Garden Flower Walk.

A living arbor.
A living arbor.

 

Kensington Garden Flower Walk

 

Some kind of Fuschia.
Some kind of Fuschia, I think.

 

Lobelia
Lobelia

 

No idea what this is. Some kind of Impatiens, maybe?
No idea what this is. Some kind of Impatiens, maybe?

 

Tithonia and Hardy Geranium.
Tithonia and Hardy Geranium.

 

Some kind of thistle? Help me out here.
Some kind of thistle? Help me out here.

 

Palm trees in London? Don't tell me they take these inside for the winter.
Palm trees in London? Don’t tell me they take these inside for the winter.

More soon on our time in London.

 

 

34 Comments on “London’s Kensington Garden Flower Walk”

  1. That red and white flower is a ‘Hot Lips’ Salvia. They do really well here in the PNW. And I think the plant that looks like a thistle is a cardoon. What a fun trip you guys had last summer, you just went gallivanting all over the place.

  2. Jason, I love your photos they remind me the time when I’ve been to Hide park and fed the swans as well! Kensington Garden is nice, many flowers and for me it’s surprisingly the fuchsias that are blooming in September.
    I see you had interesting tour!

    • The fuschias that used to be planted would be almost like minature flowering trees. You could save the plants from one year to the next just simply by digging them up and protecting them in a cold frame a green house or buried sometimes in the ground. In the spring you look for the live shoots and cut back anything to those live growths before beginning to feed the plants up again for the next season.

  3. Wow, London too, your summer trip sounds wonderful – Apparently Prince Albert was a keen gardener and is believed to have given the Italian gardens (located inside Kensington gardens) to Queen Victoria as a gift. He then sadly died a year later aged only 42. Looking forward to see where else you visited.

  4. I really enjoyed this post. I was there in 2009, but it was early May and there wasn’t a lot going on. I remember seeing the gardeners there with big skids of annuals, ready to be planted, and going and looking at the tags to see what they all were!

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