Friday Flowers: Lilac Loveliness

Lilacs and purples are among my favourite shades, so join me in celebrating these flowers’ lilac loveliness.

The delicacy of a purple poppy appeals to bees as well as humans.

The delicacy of a purple poppy appeals to bees as well as humans.

Among the last of the Iris blooming in Giverny in early May 2014.

Among the last of the Iris blooming in Giverny in early May 2014.

Not sure what this one is?

Not sure what this one is? And is it pink or lilac?

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I hope these gorgeous flowers have brought sunshine and happiness to you this Friday.

Friday Flowers: Pretty in Pink

For today’s flowers I’ve chosen some of my pink images to cheer our day. Hot pinks, pale pinks interspersed with lilac, that Monet knew a thing or two about presentation! More photos from Giverny in Spring 2014.

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PARIS 6 233I hope these gorgeous flowers have brought sunshine and happiness to your Friday.

 

Happy New Year: Great Gardens

One of the magnets on my fridge quotes Cicero “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need” – a sentiment with which I concur most heartily. And so, today, to start the new year I’m bringing you photos of a couple of renowned world gardens: Sissinghurst in the Autumn and Giverny in the Spring.

SISSINGHURST, KENT, England

Sissinghurst in Autumn is more austere but still beautiful.

Sissinghurst in Autumn is more austere but still beautiful.

 

Autumn flowers: Dahlias.

Autumn flowers: Dahlias.

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The white garden would be spectacular in Spring but then just think of the crowds.

I would love to see Sissinghurst‘s White Garden in Spring, but then again, it would be critical to be there super-early.

Monet’s GIVERNY had been on my bucket list for a long time. It definitely lived up to expectations and I was so thrilled that the peonies were still flowering in the first week of June.

Beautiful Giverny

Beautiful Giverny

PARIS 6 053PARIS 6 056And while not as well known as these two, we loved Great Dixter‘s garden when we visited in Autumn 2010, just after we’d been to Sissinghurst.

The entry to the Great Dixter house...not open when we visited in October 2010.

The entry to the Great Dixter house…not open when we visited in October 2010.

I hope these beautiful gardens and flowers have brought sunshine to you today, wherever you are in the world. I’d like to wish my readers good health, happiness and adventures in 2015, with lots of gardens to visits and flowers to smell.