The National Garden Scheme provides a wonderful resource - either online or through their Yellow Book - to garden visitors to the United Kingdom. Before any visit to the U.K. I check the online listings of NGS gardens open in the area we are visiting. These can be extraordinarily interesting gardens and very often gardens … Continue reading The National Garden Scheme at Little Ash Bungalow.
There are things which irritate me when I visit gardens - but, I must confess, that I am easily irritated. Nonetheless, oftentimes, these are things which could easily be avoided and it is the fact that it would not have taken any great effort on the part of the garden owner or gardeners to remedy … Continue reading It Irritates Me!
We can all, at times, work to the motto sometimes seen on sundials, "I only count the sunny hours". This is especially true of photographers who will inevitably seek out the most pleasant views, say in a garden, and ignore the less attractive pictures which may well present themselves. Likewise, if we have a choice, … Continue reading Even on a Bad Day!
Ambrose Congreve's planting style - at his Mount Congreve Garden - was very often designed to impress, to wow, to stop the visitors in their tracks and take their breath away and the Paeonia Borders do all of this in the most dramatic manner. There are other similar areas throughout the garden - the amazing … Continue reading The Annual Show
The sunshine comes and goes here in Ireland and, with that, the light changes very quickly from the glare of full sun and skies of blue to the dull grey of our overcast and cloudy hours - and I have not mentioned the regular fog we experience here beside the river, nor the mist and … Continue reading Catching the Sunshine
The lie of the land brings you there; the footpaths through the dappled shade of the woodland garden lead you there; the light ahead on the shady walks tell you that there is something ahead and, though I have gone there many times, it still comes as a surprise and a delight. It is always … Continue reading The Chocolate Box Scene at The Bay Garden
Tombrick Garden hasn't opened as regularly as previously in the last few years so when it opened today - a charity event - it came as no surprise that it attracted a big attendance; well, actually, a huge attendance. There was virtually a small army of helpers in attendance to guide cars to and from … Continue reading Tombrick Garden