24 Jun 2013

Inspiring gardens

Some of the flowers in our garden are drooping in the wind and heavy showers, but they still look
beautiful as the colours fade and the petals drop.

We chose two new plants (gifts from our daughters to mark our wedding anniversary) which we bought during our day out last week.  The clematis is called 'Parisienne' and the rose is 'Arthur Bell'.

My husband chose the rose for its strong fragrance and I love the way the petals change from a golden colour to cream as I do prefer pale coloured roses.

I'm always inspired by other gardens and the ones in Ashford-in-the-Water were very pretty especially at this time of the year. This one with the cat motif on the gate and winding path was intriguing. The house was next to the river, the old parish pump and the packhorse bridge and I expect it attracts many photographers!


  1. Just wonderful! I love all the summer blossoms, especially the poppies!

  2. Hi Linda,
    I'm happy to say that, at last, I am able to click on your blog address and take myself to England for walks in the parks with you! It must have something to do with starting my new blog and whatever technical error happened over at abbey style didn't happen at Good Riddance :)

    Soooooooooooo many beautiful flowers! Thanks for the close-ups !
    The peonies are the latest bloomers here in Iowa.
    Hugs, Becky

  3. my favorite today is the 4th photo down, what is that? i love it. the yellow roses are beautiful and i think i can smell that fragrance. i wish you could see the Rose garden at Ringling Museum. it is 3 acres of roses that have been there since the early 1900's... i like that path and would love to wander in that garden.

  4. I think gifts of plants are so special, they just go on and on giving, I like the choices you made. It's such a shame that the weather is bashing everything around at the moment, but as you say, the flowers still look beautiful.

  5. Your flowers look 'Blooming' lovely to me! x

  6. Beautiful indeed. Love the peony, but all flowers just pull at my heart. What a lovely thing to do, adding flowers to your garden for your anniversary.

  7. This is a great start to a peaceful week looking at all your lovely photos Linda. Thank you :)
    Wishing you a great week,
    An English Girl Rambles

  8. I love the clematis that you bought, such a gorgeous colour :)

  9. AnonymousJune 25, 2013

    So lush and beautiful. We are in a drought year here in California so lots of dried grasses and brown. Love your photos. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog.

  10. I love that poppy and the peony....gorgeous. Your rose looks delightful too.
    That garden looks divine, I love the pond and that sweet little gate. Gorgeous.xxxx

  11. Absolutely gorgeous Linda. I just love those cream roses. I want to get another Clematis but never know what to choose so might look out for your one. Have a great week.
    Patricia x

  12. Beautiful choices: the clematis and the rose. I too prefer pastel-colored roses--evokes a gentle emotion.

  13. What is the white flower, Linda?