Queen Mary’s Rose Garden in Regent’s Park.
Queen Mary’s Rose Garden in the inner circle of Regent’s Park, has to be an all time favourite place in London (probably the World) for me. In the summer it is a wonderful place to spend a sunny afternoon
In Victorian times flower symbolism was very popular. Here are a few traditional meanings for the Rose in different colours taken from ‘The Language of Flowers’.
Burgundy Rose – Unconscious Beauty
Red Rose – Love and Passion
Pink Rose – Grace
Orange – Fascination
Peach Rose – Modesty
Yellow Rose – Infadelity
White Rose – Purity
The Rose Garden is also home to a wonderful variety of wildlife.
Regent’s Park’s collection of ornamental waterfowl was started in the 1930s. In the 1970’s the collection was expanded, and is now thought to include more than ninety species of swans, geese and ducks.
A beautiful pair of Black Swans who inhabit the central lake in Queen Mary’s Garden.
A large number of Songbirds also call the gardens home including Song Thrushes, Robins and Blackbirds. I really enjoy walking in the gardens in the evening with the scent of the roses and the sounds of these birds.
Regent’s Park is also said to be one of the only places in central London where Hedgehogs are still found. I’ve still yet to see one but I guess that is probably because they are nocturnal! Other mammals found in Regent’s park include Brown Rats, House Mice, Wood mice, Foxes and Grey Squirrels. There have also been five species of Bats recorded in Regent’s park. Common and Soprano Pipistrelle, Noctule, Serotine and Daubenton’s bats.
The best time of the year to see an abundance of blooms is usually early to mid June. For more information on Regents park check the Royal Parks website.
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