I’m not much of a gardener but love visiting and being in gardens. My mother filled her small terraced garden with blooms
and my sister has inherited Mum’s green fingers and has a lovely garden,
but I’m usually having too much fun to take photos which do it justice.
I’m lucky to have two beautiful open gardens right on the doorstep and another just a short drive away.
We can’t visit them at the moment but will be back before too long.
I’ve enjoyed the cool of beautiful gardens in hot places, like these in the Philippines
and the Jardin Botanico and Parque del Drago in Tenerife.
And then there’s the formal French splendour of Villandry in the Loire valley.
Or this at the Casa de Mateus in Portugal.
This French garden at Varengeville- sur Mer in Normandy was less formal.
As were these glorious borders at Dyffryn gardens in South Wales
But there then there are places that have it all…..
Dumfries House in Ayrshire, possibly my favourite garden ever*. All my favourite flowers, delphiniums, cornflowers, poppies, lavender, it was absolutely gorgeous. The house is beautiful too, it’s a great day out. But the joy of visiting gardens is that DogS can come too**. That’s why we chose Villandry as our Loire chateau.
Like many others we’ve been spending quite a lot of lockdown time in the garden. But it’s still very much a work in progress. And of course at the mercy of bambi and the bunnies.
**all the gardens mentioned in the UK or mainland Europe were dog friendly at the time of visiting
***that’s from last year, the sweet peas are at least a month away from flowering