English Flower Garden

This garden is one of the Paradise Garden Collection at Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand and follows on from my previous post.

English Flower Garden

The style which inspired the English flower garden at Hamilton Gardens is the Arts and Crafts of the nineteenth century, commonly referred to as ‘gardens of a golden afternoon‘. Unfortunately for us this was a rainy morning and more appropriate for sitting in a tea-room supping a hot cuppa!


The romantic garden is brought to life by the creation of ‘outdoor rooms’, paved pathways and flower borders leading to quaint arbors  and seats. There is also a sunken lawn with a pool and fountain in the centre with paving leading away to the various plant compartments. This was the least interesting garden for me, not because it isn’t beautifully done, as it is, but simply because I get my fill of these styles of gardens all the time in the UK. I hadn’t come all the way from England to see an English Garden. I wanted to see something different. But please enjoy the delicacy of this fragrant spot. And have a rest on that coveted Lutyens bench.


14 Comments Add yours

  1. restlessjo says:

    I love ‘delicate flowers’ 🙂 You’re still keeping this blog separate, then? I get here when I can 🙂 I forgot to say that your Winter’s Tale shot is superb! 🙂 I just put the Oz Open on before I dash off to zumba and would you believe ‘rain stops play???’
    Take care, Jude. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think that I shall merge the garden portraits with the other blog after this set, but keep individual flowers on here. I should have put Hamilton Gardens on there so I may reblog them over the next week or two. Thanks for dropping in Jo in your busy schedule 🙂
      Fingers crossed for ‘my boy’. 😀

      1. restlessjo says:

        I’ll get the result from Marie, who lives opposite, when we arrive 🙂

  2. Kamila Pala says:

    Love this collection of flowers 🙂 ! Bye. Kamila

  3. Patrick says:

    Jude, Your comment about being on a trip yet finding a garden from home reminded me of a story from when I first bought my old house. The lawn was a mixture of various grasses. The local nursery (or garden center) would determine what one could do if a 50 cm square sample was brought in. I was told I could do one of two things. The first was to kill the lawn and start over or close my eyes and repeat to myself, I have en English lawn, I have an English lawn. I started over but I’m back to an English lawn. Patrick

  4. I love that white agapanthus. Each little blossom is so delicate but together they put on a great show on the stalk.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I love agapanthus, would love to have a border full of them!

      1. We have a border of purple agapanthus along our driveway. They flower every November and look lovely.

  5. pommepal says:

    That bench is so serene surrounded by the white daisies. I get a tug of nostalgia when I see these English style gardens. When we lived in NZ I had a typical cottage garden, all roses, herbs and perennials. Beautiful photos Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks PP – so nice for you to have experienced such contrasting gardens! Have you always lived in Queensland since your move over there? (Other than your wanderings of course)

      1. pommepal says:

        Yes Queensland is our base. We moved here in 1998, bought this place before the prices skyrocketed. Couldn’t afford to buy here now…

  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I can never get enough English gardens, but yes I expect to see the unusual when I travel anywhere!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I might have managed some better photos if I had more time, but the family sort of rushed through, and it started to rain quite heavily at this point. I do like to take my time (a lot of time) when in a garden.

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