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.

Mammasaurus

0 replies on “ 112. How Does Your Garden Grow? ”
  1. Absolutely stunning, always love to see your photos, you such a inspiration 🙂

    Thanks for hosting ..

    1. It’s all gone bonkers hasn’t it? I saw some ‘helicopters’ growing on a tree though on our walk and thoughts of Autumn have come creeping in – scarily not that far away now!

  2. Oh I knew you were just teasing us with one hydrangea…. And I think, like peonies you can never photograph them enough! Glad you’re feeling better – hopefully you’ll continue to come on leaps and bounds and will be doing cartwheels just like Kitty soon! Thanks for hosting xx

  3. Such beautiful photos. The colour. What a lovely place it must be to take a walk. Fresh air, a cartwheeling daughter and the click of a camera. And the sun was out. Perfect. Glad you are feeling better.

  4. I’m now terribly excited for my hydrangeas to actually produce some flowers! Love your hydrangea pictures! Glad you’re back in your walking shoes with cartwheeling daughter and camera

    1. When it blooms it’s be a fab feeling Kriss! I planted one earlier this year and it’s started to bloom, honestly although I’ve seen hundreds of them in my time I can’t stop going outside and staring at it and grinning!

  5. So great when the kids choose to do the thing you secretly wanted them to 🙂

    Oh you do tempt us with promises of more hydrangeas – can’t wait to see them in full bloom. I keep going back to the iris photos, their colour is incredible against the green. It’s also reminded me that I planted some earlier this year, if I could only remember where then I might be able to check on progress!

  6. it’s so gorgeous there. and i agree, i much prefer later afternoon sun. always. glad you are feeling better and that you girls had a great time. xx
    ps- thanks again for linking me!

  7. Glad you are on the mend! Gorgeous lily pictures, exceptional and the hydrangeas – I love the blue too. I’d like one of those huge mop head variety ones. I never tire of pictures of them.

  8. Although I love wandering round a garden when it’s sunny duller days are far better for colour saturation in photos. How delightful there is a full hydrangea walk. I really don’t like the way plants go in and out of fashion but I suppose a lot it is just to make us buy new plants!

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