It was a fairly grey and miserable afternoon so I thought I would walk along Hampstead Lane to where I thought the entrance to our secret garden might be. But on the way I just checked in on the garden and, in just those few days, the cow parsley has gone mad and has almost entirely hidden the cut off tree trunk circle.
Anyhow, I went out the gate and down the road….
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On my way back, as I was passing the door to Kenwood Nursery Cottage, it opened and a woman came out. So, from an appropriate distance, I asked her if she knew anything about the garden. It turned out that she didn’t as she was from south London and had got stranded up here by the virus because her partner worked on the Kenwood estate and lived at Nursery Cottage. We then proceeded to have an immensely long shouted conversation, as I find I do a lot these days with total strangers, about how different Hampstead was from Crystal Palace, how many joggers there were around Hampstead Heath – and how very rude they were, barging you into the road if you were in their way!
Regaining the peace of the heath, I breasted this little rise and caught these two trees, the delicate tracery of their leaves creating a fluttering screen…
and their neighbour – a dense green fountain of tiny shimmering leaves.
A bit further down, the leaves were still as feathery but the trees somewhat denser.
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