The Cottage Orné Quilt

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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Flowers all the way!

I promised you some further garden images taken in the Cotswolds - since then I have been to York, but that is for another time!

Here are some I took in a few famous gardens -

A sheltered sunken part of the garden at Kiftsgate

A recent modern garden at Kiftsgate

A pretty vista at Hidcote

It was rather difficult taking pictures at Hidcote as there were lots of visitors getting in the way!
A favourite view at Snowshill - one of my favourite gardens!
Snowshill again - just look at all the people!

I love this view of Snowshill, but other visitors got in the picture!
Sudley Castle - just look at that awful red sign!  The rambler rose is Shropshire Lass I think?

Sudley Castle again - outside the church where Queen Katherine Parr is buried - a white garden!

Now something from my garden - we are in the middle of a heatwave and the flowers are not lasting, so I'm picking them!  Here are some displayed in Emma Bridgewater's Hearts and Flowers patterned pots.

Hope you enjoyed?  I'm off to have a shower to try to cool down, I simply hate the heat, it's just not British!

Monday, 8 July 2013

Cottages and Gardens

Last week I spent a few days in the Cotswolds staying in a cottage complex.  I usually avoid this type of cottage for many reasons but this one looked enticing!

It had originally been the stable block of a large country house now converted into 12 holiday cottages set around a central Croquet Lawn, the whole area surrounded by beautiful gardens.  I was particularly taken with the planting outside each cottage, someone very knowledgeable had planned this!

I came home totally inspired with a car full of plants only to find my own garden brimming over.  Not sure where I am going to put them all?

Gardens are absolutely overwhelmed with roses at the moment, even in my garden they are spectacular, both apple trees covered in Rambling Rector and Paul's Himalayan Musk - the scent is wonderful! Sadly I noticed dropping petals this morning, so we must enjoy them while we can!

I have lots more pictures of the other glorious and famous gardens we visited - maybe next time?