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Ilex verticillata and Mahonia

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A very early flowering Camellia

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A graceful Silver Birch

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I love the ammonites set in the path

Quince - Chaenomeles

Quince – Chaenomeles

A gentle pavement expedition, a street safari, to see what the front gardens of this particular bit of Teddington might throw up, by way of Winter Interest. With a tide of concrete washing over so many front gardens, plants are losing out to car parking at an alarming rate, with consequences for wildlife, drainage/water runoff – the RHS has a very helpful little guide just on the subject….

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Sustainable-gardening/pdfs/FrontGardens

Happily, while there were many houses with no signs of life among the block paving and concrete, and many too where clearly the occupiers are not keen gardeners, many held horticultural gold. In the four or five roads I criss-crossed this afternoon, colour there was in fruit and flower, care and pleasure obviously taken in these green spaces.

As long as I’m not reported to the authorities for my slow progress with a camera…

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