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BLOOMING FRIDAY   16 comments

I am a bit behind on my first posting for Blooming Friday, but I really want to jump in and be part of  Roses And Stuff’s meme this week as I have  white sprinkled all over my garden!

These are some of my favourite  splashes of white:

My blushing fair ladies...

There they are, wall-flowers at a ball...too shy to say 'Hi'.

The amazing, captivating belle of the ball!

These social butterflies are happy to be seen at any gathering.

For more blooms on Blooming Friday, visit Roses And Stuff and have a ball.

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Posted November 27, 2010 by mygardenhaven1 in Categories

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A Tranquil Garden   12 comments

I am at a loss for words…I really am.  Spring is the time to visit New Zealand! My friends and I ooh-ed and wow-ed and practically swooned at the sight of all the spring bulbs in bloom, the rhododendrons in all their majesty …oh, I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

I shall feature one garden at a time. My favourite, although one can’t really have just one favourite really,  is this place we happened upon, in Ashburton. It is a privately owned country garden belonging to Alan & Catherine Trott. This award winning garden is open to the public. I can imagine it being a favourite venue for weddings. As we walked along the woodland garden, the birds were singing more joyfully than I’ve heard birds chirping elsewhere in the other gardens we’ve visited. You just cannot help but be happy there. I was telling Alan Trott as we were leaving that I could spend the whole day there just reading or dreaming. It has that kind of peaceful serenity you don’t easily get to experience. Idyllic.

I love the woodland garden. Of course I couldn’t identify all the plants there; so it was all the more exciting discovering strange ” new” species.  Among those which are familiar to me are the rhododendrons and azaleas and maples. The colours were brilliant.

The formal garden is attractive in its own right. I would love to have that blue garden bench between two topiary plants in my own garden! Will be working on making that materialise one day. I wouldn’t be able to have a knot garden like Trott’s though. It is just too huge a project, need I say more?

My congratulations to the Trotts for producing a living, breathing masterpiece!

Posted November 4, 2010 by mygardenhaven1 in favourite gardens

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