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London photos: inside St. James Close

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This past weekend in London was Open Garden Squares Weekend, during which many gardens and squares that are normally closed to the public open up and allow a good snoop around.

This is St. James Close in Islington, a private garden tucked between an old church and its former almshouse, and usually open only to the residents who live in the small group of houses around it.

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It was very peaceful, and would be lovely to have outside your front door.


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  • Steve Gagen

    Very cottage-garden like – reminds me of my grandmother’s garden. She lived in the same house for over 70 years, and cultivated foxgloves, carrots, geraniums, parsnips, poppies, potatoes, daisies, tomatoes … all mixed up everywhere!

  • Sounds lovely!

  • Steve Gagen

    I loved her garden as a child because of its delightfully anarchic nature. She was one of life’s true eccentrics! As an example, she was extremely short-sighted but never wore glasses. Instead, she used to carry around a pair of opera glasses in order to be able to see distant detailed objects, such as bus numbers!

  • Sounds like my garden.
    I’ve been turning our little bid of land into a cottage garden for the past 15 years now. The first is a pic of our front “yard”. The other two are of my side “yard”. Notice the lack of grass. It’s all winding pathways, seating areas, and plants galore. My true passion!

  • Beautiful!

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