Outside Buckingham Palace there are a pair of beds that flank the top of the Mall. This piece of land nibbled out of St James Park and Green Park is called the Queen Victoria Memorial Gardens. The vegetable outriding of the marble monument that makes a turning circle for the palace.
The beds are sensational. Bedding is arduous - it always looks its best as the plants get ripped out and replaced with something more seasonal as soon as they look weary. I wonder whether they are watered daily, weeded weekly. Definitely high maintenance, this is gardening in the grand manner. The dot plants to give height are corkscrews of box. The border is gaudy with the two- toned leaves of the spider plant. It was the middle however that had me hopping off my bicycle to take a closer look. Searing guardsman red of a pelargonium and primary blue of the annual sage, Salvia farinacea.