In London we managed a visit to Inner Temple Garden a 3 acre park that is part of the Inner Temple. The Inner Temple is one of the four Inns of Court where you can find information on how to become a barrister; how to join the Inn; scholarships; and other things a student of law needs to know. Also in this area is the twelfth century Temple Church, originally home to the Knights Templar. Kinda cool that. Here's a link to their website if you want a look. The park is close to the Thames River and surrounded by some wonderful looking buildings dedicated to the British law.
A highlight of this Temple Garden was seeing a medlar tree and its fruit. I have tripped over this fruit during many a historical reading not knowing exactly what it was. Something akin to an apple that can be eaten raw, (although it is an acquired taste) but is infinitely better in jellies or desserts.
A funny looking fruit, but certainly not like an apple
The tree is not too large. Under 10 feet tall and wider than that.
We were in England in mid September and there was still heaps of colour and tons of flowers in every garden we saw. Surprising to me, although perhaps I should not have been, North American native plants were blooming everywhere. Lucky us in that we do have wonderful fall blooms and colour.
Mixed in with the hydrangea is a plant I am looking for Begonia grandis. A bit more tender than other begonias but this one likes shade.
This last photo is to show you how they use willow that is twined and dried to hold its shape in order to support the peonies. Ingenious. In behind are Japanese anemones.
Those were all the photos I took, not that many. Photos or look at flowers. Sometimes the choice is easy. Next stop Kew Gardens, London.