Good day garden hounds! This changeable weather seems to have unleashed a whole host of floral explosions across gardens countrywide and that's something I'll never complain about. Photos this week are from my mum's garden, which is a riot of colour at the moment.
More photos this week from Montreal Botanical Gardens. The plan was to share photos of yesterday trip to The Vyne (National Trust property in Hampshire) but weather stopped play. Bah humbug. One moment I'm dancing round a BBQ on a sunny afternoon with a can of ice cold beer in one hand and the next I'm dodging puddles and trying to maneuver the Battle Royale-esque nightmare that is a playground full of parent and children wielding umbrellas.
I recently spent a few days in Cornwall with Kitty and Ozzy, staying at a luxury holiday apartment at Hawkes Point. Located in Carbis Bay, Hawkes Point provides a lovely base to explore the area. There are 6 beaches all within a 45 minute walk including the Blue Flag beach at Carbis Bay, a 5 minute walk from the apartments.
You know me, I made straight for Montreal Botanical Garden to explore. They have some amazing glasshouses and I took farrrrr too many photos. I'm sharing a few today and then I'll pop the rest up over the weekend! I took my large Nikon camera and it gave me a nice opportunity to get to grips with using it more. I finally feel like I'm starting to get the feel of it after a good 6 months of having it and being a bit scared of it.
The glass houses in the walled garden at Hinton Ampner are roped off, but luckily for me Tanya noticed the look of eagerness on my face and asked the head gardener if we could pop inside them to take photos, our luck was in! Thanks Tanya - mental note to self: if you don't ask you don't get. More in Hinton Ampner soon, in the meantime - on with the photos!
Hell Bay Hotel is a hotel (the only hotel in fact) on the small island of Bryher, the smallest of the inhabited islands of the Isles of Scilly. Bryher has a diversity of flora and birds to enjoy. Never before have I walked past a hedgerow and heard so much chirruping! There's gorgeous beaches and cliff paths that offer up breath-taking views. Bryher may only be a mile and half long by half a mile wide but it offers so much. Exploring the white sandy shores, looking out onto the crystal blue sea whilst keeping an eye out for the seal family is the perfect way to unwind.
Firstly, I know it's terribly British but I have to mention the weather. This past few days - blue skies and sunshine = bliss! Tanya and I visited Hinton Ampner yesterday, stopping off at Cheesefoot Head (best.name.ever) on the way back where we strolled through a rapeseed field (photos to come obvs!) It was so nice to be strolling on the sunshine amongst the bees and butterflies with the suns warmth. Heaven!