112. How Does Your Garden Grow?

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Lilies

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Lilies

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Lilies

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Lilies

Good morning sun loving garden hounds! *touches wood* I think I've turned a corner with this ruddy bronchitis and I'm finally starting to feel a little better. Yesterday, after school, Kitty had some 'mummy' time whilst Oz was at a friends house and when I asked her what she wanted to do she replied 'Go to Exbury Gardens'  - that's my girl! We had a lovely little walk and picnic, there was much cartwheeling (from Kitty obvs) and a little photo taking (all me).

I hadn't been out with the camera for a whole week and it was much needed time spent getting back to what I love to do the most. The softer later afternoon light a million times nicer than the midday glare, today I'm sharing what we saw.

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Lilies

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Lilies

Oh look! A hydrangea! A lone hydrangea! Or is it? *cackles knowingly*

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Hydrangea

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Hydrangea

In the Sundial Garden the beds are full to the brim, such a transformation from 3 months ago, Mother Nature really is a marvel isn't she?

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Sundial Garden

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Sundial Garden

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Lilies

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Lilies

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Lilies

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Lilies

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Lilies

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Lilies

Photos of Exbury Gardens

Photos of Exbury Gardens

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Cosmos

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Cosmos

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Cosmos

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Cosmos

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Cosmos

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Cosmos

In the Iris Garden, unsurprisingly I saw some Iris. If my mother is reading I also saw some Himalayan Cowslips, on the edge of the little stream. 

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Iris

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Iris

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Iris

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Iris

Remember that lone hydrangea? Well I lied - he had company! The Hydrangea Walk at Exbury won't be in full swing for a couple of weeks yet, but on the path to the Five Arrows Gallery there's a good patch of them. Whites, pinks, purples and my favourite - blue.

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Blue Hydrangea

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Blue Hydrangea

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Hydrangea

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Hydrangea

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Pink Hydrangea

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Pink Hydrangea

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Blue Hydrangea

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Blue Hydrangea

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Blue Hydrangea

Photos of Exbury Gardens: Blue Hydrangea

I appreciate that since last year hydrangeas seem to be the most over-photographed flower but I could never apologize for oversharing photos of them. They do remain a firm favourite of mine and my minds constantly boggled by the varieties, something I'll be able to show better when the hydrangea walk is in full bloom.

And so the time has come to say a big thank you to all who joined in last week, as usual I'll share some of my faves: Cutting garden roses , a look at two little gardens by the promenade, the fascinating oldest allotments in Britain, the transformation of yellow mangetout peas and the tale of the bees who took up residence en mass.

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