Monday, 30 August 2010

What's everyone looking at?

If you do one thing this summer, take your friends, neighbours, family and dogs for a walk on the other side of the canal, opposite Leabank Square's Purple Garden.

You will be in for such a treat! Forget Kew Gardens -check out our river view and the gardens for free!!

The reedbeds planted in May are truly flourishing beside our riverbank garden.

A beautiful view along the Lee Navigation!

Leabank Square's visiting artist, Zena, paints the garden and river views.

The enormous onion flowers are clearly visible from the towpath!

A coot and a moorhen get cosy amidst the reeds. This particular patch of reeds broke free somewhere up the river and floated past our bank. Of course, we couldn't let this opportunity pass us by and we have attached this floating free spirit to our existing reeds.

It's very exciting to see wildlife setting up home beside our beautiful garden!

Table and chairs, painted in the riverbank hues by Matt and Nancy.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Summer in the Purple Garden!!

The riverbank garden looks more and more beautiful with each passing year, as all things do as they grow and mature...

Tom's train, painted in the riverbank colours.

The fly-tipped European Larch has been lovingly brought back to life by Sõna.

Nadira planted up a couple of courgette plants this year and they were a real treat eaten in omelettes, picked fresh on the day!

Riverbank sunflowers, standing tall and proud.

Sona's stunning bug hotel...we're hoping to receive guests very soon!

Earlier this year we purchased a few unusual corn varieties...only a handful of seeds germinated and we're keeping our fingers crossed for some blue corn.

The riverbank bramble grew and grew this summer. The berries have been enjoyed by many residents...but most deliciously, by the young Leabankers!

This display contains one of our surviving Cordylines. Many gardeners reported losing theirs to the bitter Winter, but this hardly individual made it through and is thriving!

A view along the purple riverbank.

Tracie's Fig Tree is doing really well this year. It has produced many figs, however the only mature fig was sneekily enjoyed by a pigeon!

The hoverflies are beautifully camouflaged whilst enjoying one of our sunflowers.

The lavender seeds that we planted in early spring have grown! They'll be ready for planting in the Square next spring.