Friday, 15 July 2011

Summer Gardens

A learning curve on hanging baskets at the Doll's House

Begonia at the Doll's House

St Johns Wort (?) in my garden

Alas, no roses, there is too much shade!!
Lovely English cottage garden
Ah, my dream garden!!
Chelsea flower show

When I first came back to England,  I was used to large African gardens,  with sweeping lawns and neat clipped flower beds.  I have now become completely enamoured of the gorgeous and profuse English cottage garden.
So many people these days have a 'wild' part of their garden (space permitting) where grasses are allowed to grow high, with wild flowers tangled within.  This is to allow wild creatures to continue their presence in the area,  such as hedgehogs, squirrels etc.
Branklin Trust garden

The 'Doll's House' (my diminutive home) has acquired the use of a small piece of ground adjacent to my patio,  and I have been learning
about English summer flowers.  A lot of mistakes have been made,  but progress has been made.
A birdfeeder has brought delight to my neighbour and myself, especially when an errant and gluttonous squirrel furtively
hangs on the feeder stuffing himself to capacity and storing the balance in his fat little cheeks!
Alas,  never quick enough to catch him in the act on camera!
A later post maybe!!!

Have a happy Friday!!


  1. Hi Jacqui, I love these photos. Its my dream to have a cottage garden.

  2. Hi Jacqui,
    What pretty flowers and gardens...I would love to have a beautiful English garden. They are absolutely dreamy...May be one day. Hope you are doing well my sweet friend.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  3. I love English gardens too! Here in the desert SW of the states I have seen some close approximations, but it's a full time career. I already have two or three of those! Haha Lovely sweet flowers. Continued luck to you!

  4. All the English gardens you showed us are gorgeous Jacqui! Thanks for sharing them with us.

  5. Dear Jaqui
    I love english gardens and all about the british culture
    Meeting you and visiting your blogs has been a great pleasure

  6. What gorgeous pictures! I can tell your garden is tended with such love.

    Thank you so much for the visit to my blog. I apologize for not coming by sooner. It is a pleasure to meet you.

  7. Wow - I love your 'dream garden' - wouldn't it be so magical to sit there on a warm summer or autumn day....thanks for the inspiration!