The autumn issue of the beautiful Lost in London magazine is out now, featuring a range of essays and images about the city, including…
HARVEST HOME words by Helen Babbs, illustrations by Hannah Clark
My three metre-square flat roof is a jungle-like living room in the summer months, but less appealing once the nights start to draw in. Things start to change as September progresses, and by the end of the month the rooftop garden is an altogether less verdant space. As October becomes November it gets increasingly bare and stark, but I’ve started to appreciate this change of late.
There’s something fascinating about the ‘die back’, and there’s much that is colourful and sculptural about plants and trees as they burn from red to gold to brown, before becoming skeletons of their former selves. My balcony garden and London are both surprisingly beautiful at this time of year, and I’ve been keeping a diary of their autumnal faces.