There Goes Summer #12

The last of my summer galleries so here are a few of my favourites this year

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Which one is your favourite?

I hope you have enjoyed my summer galleries and will stick around to see what autumn brings ūüôā

Quex Walled Garden

In the most easterly part of Kent you will find the Powell-Cotton Museum, ( a fascinating private collection of 19th century natural history mainly from Africa and Asia ), Quex House and Gardens. The house at Quex is named after its owners in the 1500s who were the Quekes family and who prospered in the wool industry of Kent. My reason for visiting is the historic Victorian Walled Garden which is being restored.  It was an unseasonally cold day in July with rain threatening so I was quite pleased to be within the shelter of the lovely red-brick walls surrounding this garden, and to find a couple of glass-houses where I could pop inside.


The first small wooden-framed glass-house was just inside the doorway to the garden and full of lovely terracotta pots and a variety of pretty pelargoniums.


Some of the plants and flowers in the garden have a very tropical look about them.


and colour was everywhere

I headed into the large glasshouse filled with cacti and succulents to get out of a squall.


and loved the different textures and shapes

Pots full of red geraniums make an attractive collection


and a final look at the garden

¬†And if you live in Thanet then maybe you’d like to volunteer in the garden and help bring it back to its former glory. I know I would.

Here comes summer #9

The White Garden – Sissinghurst


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You can read more about Sissinghurst Castle Garden in my Garden Portrait.

Secret Gardens of Ludlow

Once a year in Ludlow gardeners open up their gardens to visitors; there are large gardens and small gardens and most of them are secret because you cannot see them from the street. Because of the medieval way the streets were planned most plots are long and narrow with the front door opening onto the street. Although many houses in the old town have pots of flowers and plants outside their front door some are lucky enough to have further outdoor space hidden behind like this Regency façade below with Wisteria climbing the columns.


¬†I have used a few creative effects here as these photos were taken on a rainy day and the raindrops weren’t always beneficial ūüôā Continue reading