Allium - ancient name for ‘garlic’, at Kew Gardens
A burst of vivid purple against the lush green grass during spring: this is such a beautiful and refreshing flower. I can only imagine its visual impact, the star-shaped deep violet petals swaying atop frosted stems, on an icy mountain edge
Hop off the DLR at Pontoon Dock and find yourself in the middle of an industrial mix. On the one side, you can see the towering derelict Millennium Mill rising into the grey skyline, with a Shepard Fairey ‘amplify your voice’ mural. On the other side, you have the dramatic view of the steel Thames Barrier spanning 520m across the river: each gate is like a woodlouse on water.
Although it was a blustery June day, it was still fun to debate about the weird things that might be found floating in the murky water, and to walk through the beautiful yet unsettling Alice in Wonderland-esque wavy lush hedges in the park's sunken garden. It’s quite the urban oasis