70. How Does Your Garden Grow?

The contrast of these has to be one of my favourite sights in the Sundial Garden, Exbury Gardens
The contrast of these has to be one of my favourite sights in the Sundial Garden, Exbury Gardens

Photos this week are from local Exbury Gardens again, I took the children for a special afternoon out on the last day of the summer holidays – I gave them the option of exploring in the woods or Exbury Gardens and they chose the gardens, oh how I rubbed my hands with glee!

And these Dahlias with their candy stripes
And these Dahlias with their candy stripes
Such a sucker for an oil painting photo effect.
Such a sucker for an oil painting photo effect.
In the Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens
In the Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens
Japanese Anenomes,Β Anemone hupehensis - I will never tire of these
Japanese Anenomes,Β Anemone hupehensis – I will never tire of these
Raindrops on petals
Raindrops on petals

There were lots of butterflies about on our visit, very friendly they were too with Kitty even managing to touch one. Lovely seeing them fluttering about doing their thing carefree.

Butterfly on flower
Butterfly on flower

And a nod to my new favourites, hydrangeas…

Hydrangea Walk, Exbury Gardens
Hydrangea Walk, Exbury Gardens
Hydrangea Walk, Exbury Gardens
Hydrangea Walk, Exbury Gardens
Hydrangea Walk, Exbury Gardens
Hydrangea Walk, Exbury Gardens

Oh, what’s this? Crunchy leaves under foot and turning leaves!

Crunchy leaves underfoot
Crunchy leaves underfoot
Flaming Autumnal leaves
Flaming Autumnal leaves
Flaming Autumnal leaves
Flaming Autumnal leaves
I Spy acorns
I Spy acorns

If Autumn leaves are your bag then take a peek at this post from earlier this week, it’s rammed with the buggers.

One other thing on the change are the rhododendrons. Exbury Gardens has a world famous display of rhododendrons, there are literally thousands there, and some of the undersides of certain varieties ( I must find out which) change colour in the Autumn months, these below are on the turn…

Rhododendrons, Exbury Gardens
Rhododendrons, Exbury Gardens

And here’s a shot of them late last Autumn – how stunning are the colours?

Rhododendrons, Exbury Gardens
Rhododendrons, Exbury Gardens

Many thanks, as always, to those who found time to join in last week, some faves included: Hydrangeas here and here, black and white glory here, the nods to Autumn here, brightly painted tyre planters here and these courtyards gardens here.

Have a lovely weekend ahead x

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