31 May 2017

Floral Bliss #23 Our garden in May

the view of our neighbours' gardens from our back windows

The peonies are now over and have been replaced by foxgloves and there will be oriental poppies and phlox next month.

The aquilegias are still in flower. I bought a new yellow aquilegia, Yellow Swan, to replace one that has disappeared from the flower beds over the Winter.  I shall try and look after the new one which is still in a pot.

The first of the roses are in bloom.  Arthur Bell is always the first and I like the way it changes colour from golden yellow to a pale lemon. It also has a beautiful fragrance.

Geums, osteospernum daisies and the pelargoniums add some bright colour to the garden. My favourite plants are those with white or pale coloured flowers. However, I've abandoned my idea of creating a flower bed with just white flowering plants and the raised bed and planters near the seating area under the fig tree are now full of a variety of plants. 

Other varieties of rose that are the first to bloom are White Star and Brother Cadfael. We look forward to other varieties of rose in our garden that will bloom over the coming weeks of June.

 I'm linking this blog post with Riitta's Floral Bliss

27 May 2017

Tissington, Derbyshire (2)

Continuing from yesterday's post we'll take a stroll around Tissington starting in the field at the edge of the village.

 buttercups and milkmaids

One of the farms on Tissington Estate

Tissington's sweet shop sells old-fashioned sweets, refreshments and vintage homeware.  

The village is part of Tissington Estate which consists of many working farms, farm cottages and other buildings. Tissington Hall is situated in the centre of the village and the FitzHerbert family have owned it and lived there since the reign of Elizabeth I.

St Mary's Church

St. Mary's Church dates from the 12th century. The inner doorway of the south porch has a Norman tympanum with two standing sculptured figures on either side.  A new aisle was added on the north side when the church was restored in the mid 19th century.

The Village Green is a good place to have a picnic.  It's time to think about finding somewhere to have our own lunch before driving back home.

On the way back along the lane through the village there's a stall selling local Derbyshire honey and an icecream from the van is very tempting.

Instead a light lunch at an inn not far from Tissington is a welcome break after the walk especially when prawns with green salad and wholemeal bread, raspberry sorbet, cubes of chocolate brownie garnished with a raspberry coulis, hazelnuts and lemony-flavoured herbs (lemon thyme) are on the menu. 

Thank you for coming on the walk with me.
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