Friday, May 04, 2007

MARGARET’S GARDEN

Aside

God Almighty first planted a garden; and indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
Francis Bacon

Inspired by Naomi’s beautiful post on her Californian garden
http://sitteninthehills64.blogspot.com/
I visited my friend Margaret whose garden is a fine example of English plants. Naomi is a gifted photographer and, alas, I am not, so forgive me please. If you click on them they will enlarge. Afterwards – over a cuppa- Margaret tried to identify them from my camera. Easier said than done but there it is.

34 comments:

mar said...

Beautiful pics! how wonderful that our OOLOH inspires so many of us :)
I posted a pic of my almond tree today, just because!
Michele sent me to see your friend's garden, have a wonderful weekend!

Carmi said...

Hi Pat. I think you may want to rethink your views on your skills as a photographer: these pictures are wonderful. Anyone who can move others through words and images is gifted indeed.

R. Sherman said...

Nice photos. We had a two day hard freeze here last month that set our flowers back, I'm afraid.

Maybe next year.

Cheers.

sablonneuse said...

Love the pictures. I haven't even figured out how to put a photo into a post. Mine come out in a separate category.

PI said...

Hi Mar! I'll be round to see your almond tree.

Carmi: that is kind of you. As Naomi says I'll keep on keeping on:)

Randall: that's bad luck. it's still a little chilly here but the 'delicates' are outdoors now and everything is amazingly early and people grumbling about the dryness of the earth. Soon there will be a hosepipe ban no doubt although we usually escape that.

sablonneuse: I have to transfer my post from Word to dash board and usually do the photos from Picasa depending on Blogger's whim.

Bob-kat said...

Hi Pat. Michele sent me back to look at thos elovely flowers again. I'm glad that you have been able to enjoy the lovely weather we've been having here in the UK.

apprentice said...

Nice shots, top one is cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' I think, not sure of mmt spelling, it's a lovely plant - that blue!

PI said...

Thanks Anna! Margaret gave me one and she told me it was an annual but seeds itself and this year mine is quite profuse - so unusual.

Prego said...

you know... thank god the previous owners of my home were gardeners. the same stuff keeps coming up year after year. we get compliments, but all we really do is pick up the debris that blows from the street and throw on some fresh mulch.


here via michele today
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Colin Will said...

apprentice beat me to it - I'm sure it's Cerinthe. It's lovely, comes up every year in unexpected places, and it never takes over. Is the background shrub Weigelia florida variegata? I used to grow it at my old home, but it gets quite thuggish.

PI said...

Hi Prego! I inherited an established garden also but quickly got the bug and am forever stuffing fresh stuff in. It takes time to discover what does and what doesn't!

PI said...

Colin welcome and I'm sure you are right and also about the weigelia because I have one also. Maybe I shouldn't have put two cuttings in that L took because they are really thriving in a difficult bed. More pics tomorrow or Sunday.

kenju said...

Why won't the link work for me???

PI said...

Judy: do you mean the link to Naomi? I have just tested it - copy and paste and googled and got it. I'll try html in part 2 but yesterday - suffering with a stiff neck it was all I could do to post.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Super pictures, Pat. They are well taken.

PI said...

Merci Jean-luc!

sage said...

Great photos Pat! And a wonderful garden--here, instead of gardens, we have deer feeding stations! Michele says hi.

PI said...

Hi Sage! I'd absolutely love that. No work and I could just sit and watch them:)

Haley said...

Hello, Michele sent me. Nice flowers!

Haley said...

Hello, Michele sent me. My, what lovely photos!

PI said...

thank you Haley - twice. I'm just struggling unsuccessfully with Naomi's link!

Paul said...

Excellent photos. We had a double winter here in Kansas, so our colorful flowers aren't what they normally are. You'll have to wait'll next year.

Paul said...

Oops. Here from Michele's

PI said...

Hi Paul! I certainly have a lot to learn about weather conditions in the States!

hanulf said...

Gorgeous photography!

Michele says hi

PI said...

Welcome Hanulf and thank you1

Anita said...

Oooh - - I'm visiting from Michele's, and it is so lovely to come see all these beautiful flowers. I especially like the photos of the white ones above the rocks. I wish I could transport myself and walk around that garden!

PI said...

I'm sure you'd be very welcome Anita.

Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

I like these blue ones. And tulips are one of my mostest favouritest flowers.

PI said...

sam: I found the blue ones so unusual - inky almost - and now am the proud possessor of one myself and it seeds itself which is handy as it is an annual.

-E said...

I'd love to have a green thumb, but I can't manage to keep any plants living for any amount of time. Thanks for sharing the photos of the lovely garden. Have a happy bunday and Michele sent me.

PI said...

Thanks E. You have to talk to them:)

Nea said...

I agree with Carmi,
You take great photos...
I've heard that in the old days of 35mm film, a pofessional photographer was pleased if he took one good picture out of a roll of 36.

Linking is easier if you know a little html code I find.
Try this
Naomi's garden
And I hope the pain in the neck does a quick disappearing act.

PI said...

Nea: how do you do it? I have a crib sheet from my friend Tom with the relevant html. Couldn't get it to work yesterday - doing it from dash board then spent ages today but when I clicked on it it said 'Page not available.' I had it once and seem to have lost it:) Could you pop over after lunch maybe?
It is quite true - my old photographers would shoot a roll of film for one good shot. Digital is a great boon for me. The neck is improving - swathed in soft scarves thank you.