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120, Fenchurch Street

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Here we are again, this time on top of 120, Fenchurch Street – wow that sun was bright!

(see previous post about the Sky Garden at 20, Fenchurch St)

That is ‘The Gherkin’ in the background.

To get up to the roof garden at 120, you just turn up and queue. As people come out, more are let in – we only had a couple of people in front of us and didn’t have to wait at all. You go through an airport-style security scanner before getting into the lift.

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This garden is open to the sky with native planting and it is much quieter and calmer than in the tropical lushness of the other garden.

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I loved the play of light and shadows on the floor, walls and plants.

There are no restaurants there, but it is a perfect place to take a packed lunch as most of these people seemed to have done.120, Fenchurch St

They were perched on the edge of the rather awkward looking water feature, more comfortable seating would be a bonus.

From this terrace you can see ‘The Walkie-Talkie’ building and look at where we had been just a few minutes ago – in the garden on top of that building.

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so much to enjoy, looking in, looking up, looking through, looking out, roof gardenwith a few surreal reflections where the glass wall was high

London roof tops and reflections

and looking down building siteand DOWN!street

On the way out you pass under a vast ceiling covered with a moving video art installationsculpture in london

it is called Botanic and is a picture of slowly swirling flowers as if they are floating in a dark pool. It is part of Sculpture in the City.sculpture in the city

and as we walked back to the tube station we spotted some more, this one with a very long title that makes very little sense to me, and is something to do with lava and volcanoessculpture in the city

and thissculpture

Bridging Home

which could be very witty …….hmmm. Perhaps I need to find out a bit more about them to appreciate them more.

Edit: I looked for more images and information about this piece. I wanted to see the piece up closer and from the inside. I found this which says the Footbridge was closed so that the piece was not vandalised. Grrr! So eventually it will be removed. I seem to have a whole load of thoughts and emotions swirling around about that. It would have been good to have had a video to experience this replica of a displaced home. I get the reference to migrants and displacement and the fact that the ‘home’ looks as if it has been just dropped uncomfortably out of context, I just wish it’s message could have been presented in a more accessible way.

Searching for all of the 21 sculptures and getting up close to them could be a nice focus for another visit to London.

I will end with a photo my son took just before we left The City.

Look up!

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and went back to his house to spend a delightful weekend with him and his three girls, whilst their Mum was on a girly birthday celebration holiday.

London Roof Garden

Gardeners’ World is one of my must-watch programmes on TV and a few episodes back they showed a Roof Garden in Fenchurch Street, London. I told my son about it (the marathon running son), as he lives and works in London. He knew the building but had never been to the garden, so a couple of weeks ago, we met outside Exit 8 of the Bank Underground StationIMG_5814

and made the short walk to Fenchurch Street.

What a place The Sky Garden at 20, Fenchurch Street is!

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It is all undercover, the planting is tropical, and on several levels.

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It is free to visit but you have to book a time slot – book well in advance as it has become very popular.

Spectacular! but I immediately realised that this was not the garden I had seen on Gardeners’ World. Nevermind, we had a good look around and enjoyed the absolutely breathtaking views of LondonIMG_5817

and the Thames

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Look! The Tower of London and London Bridge

Tower of London and London Bridge

The Shard

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London

from the Sky garden

The obligatory selfie to send to the rest of the family

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And then lunch: there is a bar and a couple of places to eat – a very posh restaurant, right at the top and a more casual area of comfy seating where you can get wraps and baguetteslunch

Looking out of this window, my son spotted another Roof Garden – “That’s it!” I squealed.

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So he consulted the internet and discovered that this too was free to visit with no booking system – we could just turn up, so after a bit more of a wander, off we went to find 120, Fenchurch Street ………..

In a Vase on Monday: Indian Summer

in a vase on MondayA very hastily plonked together vase as I was taking them to a friend’s 70th birthday party and was running a bit late.

I am thrilled with this clump of Alstroemerias, variety Indian Summer, which I bought at the Rare Plant Fair back in June. Not that they are rare, but they are beautiful and are the only plant of the three I bought that have survived.

They have such long stems and you pull them up rather like pulling rhubarb, instead of cutting them.

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They are growing very happily in my new border – I wonder if they will survive the winter, when that border gets very wet. I have mounded up the soil, in the hope that their roots will be kept out of the swamp.

I love this group of colours together: the hot pink pelargonium; the alstroemerias; the bright pink argyranthemum, which has been the star of the show since May – what an amazing plant; the purple toadflax, much loved by the bees; the deep bronze heuchera leaves, just peeping through, back right; and behind them the red achillea.

This video was taken a couple of weeks ago

You can see the beginnings of this border here .

Pop across to Cathy’s post to see what other gardeners are putting in vases today.

Crochet Mandala for Outside

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Just a little bit obsessed with making mandalas at the moment and I am thinking about hanging this one outside on the wall of my garage to see how it is affected by the weather before making more.

I would really love to paint the outside of my house in bright zany colours, like Katwise, but my neighbours would ……. well you can imagine! So the next best thing might be to cover my house in crocheted mandalas

This one is in Stylecraft Special DK made with a 4.5mm hook and attached to a 70cm coated metal ring which I got from Dannells. I’m on the look out for larger hoops but so far have not found any in the UK. I might have to use some Hoola Hoops.

It is sewn onto the hoop with the same yarnback of crochet attached to a metal hoop

This pattern and yarn combination would stretch to a 1m hoop I think, if the edges did not cover the frame.

The pattern, Tuuli, is a free pattern by Zoya Matyushenko and I think it is my favourite of her designs. I have made it before in cotton thread, for Little Miss M, and one for myself.

I am sure to make it again – next time in white.

Please let me know if you know where I can get large hoops, maybe wooden, preferably white or a natural wood colour.

In a Vase on Monday

I was in a bit of a rush as I left the house to visit some friends for supper and gathered a big bunch of flowers from my wild bit of the garden

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I just had time to plonk them in a jug, take a photo and dash.

In the bunch are honeysuckle (grown from a cutting), golden rod (self seeded), marjoram (self seeded), poppy seed heads( self seeded), purple toadflax (self seeded), a tall pink dianthus (grown from gathered seed), feverfew (self seeded), leycestra formosa (self seeded), bronze fennel (self seeded), and a weed with purple flowers like a thistle (self seeded) that I don’t know the name of.

They looked so much better when my friend transfered them to her vase in front of her fireplace.vase on Monday

I continue to enjoy the progress in my ‘long border’ – here it is at 7am this morning

Joining Cathy for In a Vase on Monday, who is in the Pink today.

In a Vase on Monday

lychnis

I was so excited to see three varieties of lychnis in my garden.

I gathered seeds of the magenta and white ones from other gardens and just scattered them around mine, so the one with a pink centre was an especially gorgeous surprise.

The pottery vase was made in Roch, Pembrokeshire by a potter who is no longer there, I bought it in the 1970s on a visit to my Welsh grandparents. The chambers are joined together in twos at the bottom and then a dear little vase is separately fixed on the top.

Joning in with other gardeners who share their vases on ‘Rambling in the Garden‘ on Mondays

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Cee’s Flower of the Day