One of the things I love about London’s parks is the way they change with the changing seasons. Yes, I know, all gardens do, but there are little nooks and crannies in the parks where I’m continually surprised by how different they can look as the year passes. One of my favourites is the Japanese garden in Regent’s Park. I went down to have a look at it this week and found it enchanting.
I last wrote about the Regent’s Park Japanese garden in late spring when it was bursting with lush foliage and the waterfall was cool and inviting. In autumn the feeling is quite different. It’s very calm and subdued. The colours of the foliage are gently autumnal, quite different in feeling to he exuberant colours of the Canadian autumn (sorry, fall) I wrote about a couple of weeks ago.
It felt, to be honest, very English. The Japanese arched bridge was almost hidden under the last of the wisteria that covered it so prettily in spring.
The ducks were out in the little lake. It’s hard to see a pond with ducks on it as anything other than English.
The stone lantern and little bridge over the stream were still obstinately Japanese.
But I felt the eagle statue in the Lake had taken on an English tinge.
And somehow the waterfall had too.
There’s an added bonus if you go down to take a look yourself – the weather this autumn has been so mild that you can experience an English summer in the same visit, as the roses in Queen Mary’s Garden, a gentle stroll from the Japanese garden, are practically in full flower.