Six On Saturday: The Secret Gardens of St Ives

Today, we are visiting some gardens that I came upon by chance when visiting St Ives! It was a Secret Garden Tour, so wasn’t I the lucky one! Many of the gardens were behind garden doors like this! Wouldn’t you want to know what was behind that door? This photo was taken from inside the…

Six On Saturday: There’s More to West Hoathly

Good morning SOS’ers! Today, my Featured Photo is a manor house, again in West Hoathly…….the garden was in the back so let’s walk there! Here, is the little garden cottage………..just perfect! I decided the gardener here had a favorite color scheme for this garden, lilac and pink! I like props in the garden…….they can be…

Jo’s Monday Walk: Smallhythe Place

This week for Jo’s Monday Walk we are visiting Smallhythe Place near Tenterden, Kent. Smallhythe Place, the home of Ellen Terry, is located on a rural road. Coming from a narrow, graveled, country lane from the Bullein Barn B&B, Smallhythe Place was at the end of it. Everyday we were amazed at all the cars…

Six On Saturday: West Hoathly, UK

Today SOS’ers, we are exploring together, another garden that was on our NGS trail! We are driving down this little back road to West Hoathly. The house was another one, that to most American’s is the perfect cottage in the perfect setting. And, it was BIG! Just about always in the NGS Garden there is…

Six On Saturday: One Elm Cottage

Doesn’t 1 Elm Cottage at Windmill Hill, just seem like the perfect place to live? It does to me! It just rolls off the tongue, ”I live at 1 Elm Cottage at Windmill Hill!” This is our last garden for the day in East Sussex.  What a delight the gardens have been on the Herstmonceux…

Six On Saturday: Can Anything Best an English Garden?

I want to take this time to answer questions that I have been asked about the gardens we have visited in the UK.  I was not in a specialized, or planned, garden tour with a group. First, I joined the National Trust Society (in the U.S. it is called The Royal Oak Society)  I do…

Six On Saturday: Let’s Hope the Digging is Done!

It’s definitely been one of those weeks, let’s make that three weeks. It all started when we decided to have our wooden fence replaced and went downhill from there. We have underground cable (as in Internet service) going through our yard. We have underground lighting in our garden. We have an underground sprinkler system in…

#RoofSquares: In My Favorite Gardens

Today for Becky’s Square Challenge I thought I would feature some roofs from my favorite gardens!  The featured photo is an entrance to Monk’s House, a country retreat and garden in Rodmell, UK. It was the garden home of Virginia Woolf. It is also one of my all time favorite gardens and cottages. I could…

Cruising:In the Beginning There Was a Port

You have to get to the ship. That’s a good place to start on our first cruise ever………at the beginning. Deciding on Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer, the only 6-star ship in the world and classified as the most luxurious, was easy……it had everything we wanted and it’s all inclusive, meaning everything is paid for up…

Jo’s Monday Walk: A Visit to Sissinghurst

A summer in the UK would not be complete for me without a visit to Sissinghurst Garden, one of my favorites! This is the garden that Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Harold, made home. Vita was also a friend of Virginia Wolfe, Vanessa Bell and the Bloomsbury Group, which I have written about in previous…

Floral Friday

Short and sweet for Friday! Some sunshine for you!

Thursday Doors: The Garden Doors

Today, since I have been recovering from my yearly dose of poison ivy, I’d like to share garden doors from various gardens in the UK. What a wonderful and surprising place to find doors! The first is a garden entrance at Agatha Christie’s home at Greenway. There are so many different doors to be found…

A Photo a Week Challenge: Threes

I’ve been spending a lot of time in my garden photos since I’ve had a severe bout of poison ivy, ha ha! Here are some three’s in the garden! This is just one of the posts for A Photo a Week Challenge! Why don’t you check out the others! So much fun!

#MyGloriousGardens: The Garden of Ellen Terry

This week for my bit for #MyGlorious Gardens we are visiting Smallhythe Place near Tenderden, Kent. Smallhythe Place, the home of Ellen Terry, is located on a rural road, near Tenterden in Kent. Coming from a narrow, graveled, country lane from the Bullein Barn B&B, Smallhythe Place was at the end of it. Everyday we…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus on the Flowers

I love to photograph flowers when I visit gardens. I especially like a very focused shot. These were some of my favorites from the Great Dixter Gardens in East Sussex, UK. And I wanted to try the Snapseed App on this photo! Here is the original photo! And here it is using the Distressed FX…