106. How Does Your Garden Grow?

Peony

Peony

The fact that I haven't blogged all week is a good indication of how much half term fun we have had. I appear to have broken Kitty too as she is currently led on the sofa 'tired and achey'. We had a lovely Meet Up yesterday at the National Trust's Ashridge Estate and the day before I took the kiddos to local Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey, which is where the photos are from this week. Oh the garden is growing nicely there! There's a large peony patch full of tight, big, round buds and I'm keen to go back in a week or so to try and catch them all in a sea of big blousy blooms. In the meantime, here's a couple we saw already out.

Peony

Peony

Peony

Peony

Droopy peony

Droopy peony

The head of this peony was so big and heavy that Ozzy lifted it to show me

The head of this peony was so big and heavy that Ozzy lifted it to show me

Around the rest of the gardens the alliums, lupins and iris were out in a show of colour, the children loved it too with Kitty announcing 'it's the best gardens EVER'. Strong statement Kitty, strong statement.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Lupins / Lupinus 'The Governor'

Lupins / Lupinus 'The Governor'

Lupins / Lupinus 'The Governor'

Lupins / Lupinus 'The Governor'

Lupins / Lupinus 'The Governor'

Lupins / Lupinus 'The Governor'

alliums

alliums

Obviously I was watching this scene because of the romance of it and not to see if they would get a soaking...

Obviously I was watching this scene because of the romance of it and not to see if they would get a soaking...

I'm really reigning it in with the photos today - although it might not seem like it. I'll post more this evening as there's a sculpture in the garden thing on at these gardens at the moment which is cool. Check this bad boy out - how realistic are those eyes?!

Sculpture in the Garden, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey

Sculpture in the Garden, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey

Alliums

Alliums

Someone on instagram mentioned that alliums look a bit like lollipops - ones for Willy Wonkas garden yes?

Iris

Iris

Iris

Iris

Thanks to all who joined in last week, the gardens are really blooming at the moment and it's great to see! Some faves include: RHS Chelsea write ups here and here, Spring at last for Sara (welcome back!), balcony gardening, macro maniac Katie's post and of course that dragonfly shot from Claudia that blew all our minds.

How Does Your Garden Grow? Mammasaurus