Urban Eden

A virtual tour of a small garden in London.
(Above: Broughton Star, montana clematis, back garden, May 2009)

Don't forget, there are a lot more lovely views to enjoy in the Archive. To see these pictures, just click on "Older Posts" or browse the Archive at the bottom of this page.

Enjoy !

A pocket handkerchief garden

Welcome to 117 Croydon Road !
A little house in a big city
with a small, award-winning garden
full of colour.

Beautiful Bromley 2009

Beautiful Bromley 2009
Best Front Garden Gold Award.

Comma butterfly

Comma butterfly
July 2009


Autumn Colour in the Front Garden

Above : front garden path, mid September

Above and below: looking towards the house from the road (September)

Below : Pieris, a new addition to the front garden

Below : the Abelia in bloom


Autumn Colour in the Back Garden

Above : the back garden path (looking from the garage towards the house) : mid September.

Above : the back garden patio in September.
Above : the back garden midden in September.

Above : Back garden, September views

Above : detail. Back border. Early Autumn colour.

Above : a corner of the back garden under development.

Celebrating Gold

Beautiful Bromley Competition 2009

Best Front Garden Gold Award and Best Back Garden Silver Award

Saturday 12th September 2009 : Les and I were invited to the presentation of the Beautiful Bromley 2009 Awards, which took place in the Queen's Garden, Bromley. The event was well attended by gardeners of all ages from all over the borough, which, judging by the slide show that evening, can boast a lot of lovely gardens ! So, I was very surprised and delighted to receive the Gold award for the Best Front Garden category and Silver for the Best Back Garden.
The evening started with the awards for the primary and secondary schools. Downe school was amongst the winners.
During the interlude, there was a talk on Darwin's work at Down House, which is now the subject of an application for World Heritage status : a campaign that is apparently supported by, amongst others, Sir David Attenborough.
Les and I weren't surprised when the landlord from "The Change of Horses", Farborough, was called to the stage to receive a Gold award for Best Business Premises. The container garden in front of the pub is always stunning.

Next year, in addition to the Back Garden category, I hope to enter the "Garden for All Seasons" and "Container Garden" categories.

The Beautiful Bromley competition is organised by Bromley borough council :


For more information on Down House, the home of Charles Darwin :