#MyGloriousGardens August Round-Up

Here is the August round-up post. I really can’t believe it! Where does the time go??

This month we had 21 link ups so that is amazing!! Thank you to everyone for helping to grow our community and welcome to our new linkers!

I don’t have favourites but I tend to comment on each post. I also share each post on my Facebook page and Tweet on Twitter.  I hope you are getting more views to your posts from this increased exposure.

A polite reminder that you do need to comment on other posts please. The minimum is one of my posts and the one post before yours. Don’t link and run as that is not what this community is all about! If you end your comment with #MyGloriousGardens then I can see immediately who has commented. Thank you. I have also decided to round-up using our names so that we can begin to speak to the person behind the blog!
Here’s the Round-Up

JOHN

John has linked 2 posts this week. The first is definitely a must for new bloggers; a directory of all garden blogs. This is so useful and it is how I found some of my blogging friends. If you are not on this list, you can contact John and he will add you.

The second post was John’s personal garden round-up. I love these posts as I am basically nosey! I like to see what other gardeners are up to!

RACHEL

Rachel posted a great post about her children enjoying a ‘Mud Kitchen’ outside in her garden. I am an Early Years teacher as well as a lover of the outside so this post really appealed to my playful side! I love the mud kitchen ideas that encourage children to explore their world in a different way -Bake Off using mud! Glorious!

MAINY

I loved Mainy’s post about how to use a pallet to create a vegetable garden. This would appeal to so many different people but is especially great for people with a very limited space. A simple yet easy idea and a project that you could do in a day. Thank you for posting Mainy! Check out Mainy’s linky too -it’s a one off linky for the summer.

BRIGID

Brigid is a regular linker so hello Brigid! Thank you for linking 3 posts this month. If have never read any of Brigid’s posts, my favourite was the one you are taken to when you click on her name above. Brigid will often review a garden that she has visited as I often do. The posts linked this month are stunning and I shall add them to my list of places to visit! The last post is the round-up of her own garden in May. Thank you again Brigid!

SARAH

Sarah is a new linker so thank you for joining us Sarah! Sarah’s post was about her own experiences and the effects of a garden and being outside on a person’s health. I so agree with this in every way. I am a Forest School Practitioner and have seen how being outside can be calming yet invigorating for young people. It helps to put the ‘in the moment’ where they can forget about everything else and forget the stresses of everyday life. A lovely, lovely post.

ANN

Ann has linked before and always has posts that are both helpful and informative. This month’s post reminded us that we can plant vertically as well as in the ground and she had some great ideas that would suit any garden. One idea I loved was the little baskets that can be hung from a wall or would equally work on a balcony or conservatory. Thank you Ann for linking this post.

DEBORAH

I love a bit of Whimsy in a garden! I have old chimney pots full of flowers and a tin bath with my bedding in it so this post about using an old chair as a planter was right up my street! It is a very easy project and could be adapted in any garden. Thank you Deborah for joining us this month.

HELENA

Helena is another new linker -hello! Helena has a crafty, lifestyle, parenting blog and linked a super post about creating stone ladybirds for the garden. I love to include little ones in gardening. These are super cute and easy to make! In fact, it reminded me of painting stones with nail polish when mine were young! So lovely to keep too.

NOLEEN

Hello to Noleen; a new linker from Cape Town. Noleen’s post was about how to create a herb garden over a weekend. Her husband made her a herb box using an old pallet which looked amazing! I also loved her photographs of her trip to the local garden centre; it looked very much like my local one her in the UK. Her daughters helped her to plant it up and voila! It looked great. Thanks again Noleen.

JOSHUA

Joshua linked 2 posts this month and both included his cute little girl! I love that Joshua is blogging about gardening but everything he does has a link back to wildlife, hence the title of his blog. His second post talks about his new favourite gardening tool called a ‘Hori Hori Knife’ and how it basically does everything! It looks amazing; I may have to get one. Thank you also to Joshua for writing a link back post about this linky. That was very kind of you!

KAREN

Karen wasn’t sure whether to link her post about helping to bathe her horse from her wheelchair but I think it’s a lovely post and you are very welcome Karen. The love of horses never leaves you I don’t think. I’m not sure I could have washed this massive horse sitting down though! Thank you Karen and hope to see you again.

MICHELLE

Michelle found me but we actually live very close to one another in Wiltshire! How funny this internet malarky is! I love Michelle’s post about finding a frog in her garden. We have hundreds of tiny frogs in the old house garden but I didn’t know that they take 2 years before they breed -thanks Michelle! Lovely wildlife post. Thank you for linking.

THOMAS

Thomas is a professional  horticulturist and gardener from Hampshire. He has rather a lot of expertise so his post, about how to prune our roses, is very welcome! As a newish gardener I can never remember which part to leave and which part to prune. Thank you to Thomas for linking this informative post. Do pop over to his blog. I also learnt about sawfly larvae by reading his blog.

JANE

Jane is a regular linker but funnily enough also linked a post about pruning roses. The only difference is that Jane lives in Australia so is pruning in the Southern Hemisphere! Interesting to see the differences and similarities with the post Thomas posted. Jane offers great advice; she really knows her roses as she has so many in her beautiful garden!

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Thank you again for linking up for the August #MyGloriousGardens Link party. I have really enjoyed reading all of your posts.

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#My Glorious Gardens: Painswick Rococo Gardens.

For our Anniversary this year we decided to take a trip to The Painswick Rococo Gardens in Gloucestershire. When we were first married we lived near Painswick in a cute little cottage called Squirrel Cottage so have lovely memories of this area but have never been to the gardens.

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Our wedding anniversary visit….
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The Painswick Rococo Gardens
The Painswick Rococo Gardens are the only Rococo gardens left that are open to the public. Built in the 1740’s, they were created for the Hyett family to impress and entertain guests. Gardens at that time were in transition from the formal to the more frivolous with the idea that the garden was somewhere to enjoy and hold lavish garden parties. The garden has seen a significant restoration programme since the 1970’s based upon a painting of the original garden from 1748.

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One of the fanciful garden building called The Eagle House which had to be totally restored.
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One of the gorgeous gothic buildings to explore.
The gardens have a wonderful feeling of tranquility and are such a fabulous place to wander. There was a wedding taking place whilst we were there but it was not busy for a Saturday. It’s a garden to wander around or to take children to as they had a great trail looking for wildlife. There was a brilliant woodland walk and playground which younger children would love. Well behaved dogs are also welcome so next time Dottie is coming!

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Duck pond with cute little white ducks.
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The large duck pond was full of colourful dragon flies.
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Part of the woodland playground
The kitchen garden was amazing and we loved the espalier fruit trees.

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Views up towards the white gothic arch.
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Espalier fruit trees.
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Views across the kitchen garden
There was a delightful Plunge Pool where the water was crystal clear and looked so inviting! It was surrounded by shade loving plants such as large ferns and hostas.

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Reflections in the Plunge Pool
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The grotto in the shady garden
The large, white gothic arch is the star of the whole garden in my opinion; a photographers dream! It stands at the top of the hill looking down the valley over the garden. It’s certainly dramatic and I loved it!

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The gothic, white Arch.
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Hubbie looking out across the garden. I love the reflections in the pool.
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What a place to spend an anniversary!
 The anniversary maze -how apt!

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The Anniversary Maze
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The rain was coming!
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Painswick Rococo Gardens.
I would definitely go back here again as the heavens opened and our visit was cut short. It’s supposed to be beautiful when all the snowdrops are out In February so I would love to come back then.
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#MyGloriousGardens August Link up Party!

Can you believe it? It’s August! It’s time for the #MyGloriousGardens August Link up Party!

This is a link party for any posts about being outside, gardens, gardens you may have visited, garden product reviews, days out with you family to a place with a beautiful garden, summer garden posts….basically anything garden related!

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If you would like, add the #MyGloriousGardens button to your post -you can find it in my sidebar (widget).

Tweet me @oldhouseinthes1 for a retweet. Retweet any posts you really love.

Spread the linky love by commenting on some of the other bloggers posts, including mine please.

I will comment on every post linked up and share on all my social media sites.

#My Glorious Gardens: The Monastery of Saint Gerasimos, Kefalonia.

 

During our stay in Kefalonia, we would often leave the teens to sleep and go out, just me and Hubbie. One morning, we woke up really early so we decided to take a drive into the hills around where were staying to see the vine yards and also The Monastery of Saint Gerasimos. To get there you must pass a garden with 40 wells!

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The church was rebuilt after the earthquake in 1953
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We went early on a Sunday so there were very few people there.

Saint Gerasimos lived in the 1500’s and is considered the patron saint of Kefalonia. Many believe that he will protect them from harm and cure their illnesses. Hence, there are many men named Gerasimos after him. The body of Saint Gerasimos is at the monastery. Kefalonians throughout the world still revere and pray to him. In 1953, immediately after a powerful earthquake on the island of Kefalonia destroyed 90% of the island, there were many claimed sightings of Saint Gerasimos throughout the island who is believed to have comforted and tended to the injured trapped inside homes and buildings.

It is a fascinating place and we were lucky to be able to go inside the small church that has been built over the cave where he set up the original monastery and where his relics are kept.

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Inside where the relics of Saint Gerasimos are kept. Notice the beautiful frescos on the walls.

There is a hole in the chapel floor to the cave where Gerasimos lived.

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Even though we were visiting early, there were still a few people there. Ladies have to cover their arms, legs and heads.

 

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The entrance to the Monastery complex was stunning.
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Beautiful Flowers.
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The entrance.

The gardens were beautiful and lovingly tended by the nuns.

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This tree was planted by Gerasimos himself in the 1520’s (you can just see the 40 wells in the distance)
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During his feast day on August 16th, his coffin is moved under this tree.
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The nuns keep lots of pots.
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The nuns were watering their gardens whilst we were there.
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Lovely gardens in the Monastery complex
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More terracotta pots.
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The view towards the various vineyards in the area.

 

I have no idea what species of bee or wasp this is but it was jet black! Kefalonia is known for its Thyme tasting Honey which is delicious. We saw some hives on our travels too…

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Hives in the distance in the mountains.

This is a Hummingbird Hawk Moth. We weren’t sure what it was at first! I admit I had to Google it!

It’s a beautiful and serene place to visit if you ever go to Kefalonia. We absolutely loved it.

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My Glorious Gardens series: Tyntesfield on Fathers Day 2017.

Our son was training in Bristol this Sunday so we decided to make the most of the lovely weather and take a trip to Tyntesfield, near Bristol. We went to look at the gardens but you can’t go somewhere like Tyntesfield without visiting the house too!

Tyntesfield was bought by the National Trust in 2001 with help from the local community. It was extended as a family home in the 1860’s by William Gibbs who, at that time, was the richest commoner in England, having made his fortune from the sale of guano which was used as fertiliser. When it was sold, the owner of the time, Richard Gibbs was living in just 3 rooms as it needed so much work doing to it. The work that the National Trust has done is clear yet impressive. The house is a Victorian Gothic Revival House of wonder with over 50,000 pieces of interest. I was chatting to one of the guides who said that nothing was ever thrown away meaning that this unique property and it’s contents have been preserved in their entirety. It certainly feels as if you are stepping into a bygone age at Tyntesfield and it an absolute joy!

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Tyntesfield was used by Clifton College in the second World War-can you imagine going to school here?

As you walk towards the house, you can take the route through the Rose Garden. I was really interested to see this as we want to try to create something similar in the old house garden. It was stunning, built on a slight hill with lovely views.

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The rose archway leading to a raised terrace.
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Me walking through the rose arch.
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The view from the terrace was amazing!
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I loved the Box hedging; unfortunately some had blight so was cordoned off.
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Gothic statues at the bottom of the steps leading to the Rose Garden
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In each corner were small gazebos and beautiful Acers

We arrived quite early so missed the crowds but there were many people enjoying the classic car collection for Fathers Day.

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The main entrance with the classic car collection
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More classic cars!
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The gothic turrets and features were beautiful
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The main front entrance

We were lucky to get to see the house. They restrict the number of visitors so you do need to get here early. The house opened at 11am and we went in before the crowds!

Inside is truly a masterpiece of Gothic craftsmanship. The interiors are not to my taste but you can not fail to be impressed by all the detail. The ceilings are ornately carved and the fire places are large stone affairs. From the Billiard room, a masculine space designed for leisurely pursuits to the grand dining room with it’s table laid for dinner, it’s a beautiful place to wander.

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The ornate staircase
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Wow! What a fireplace!
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The Sitting Room

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The grand Dining Room with original wallpaper
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I was amazed to see so many pieces still in the house such as this picnic set and travelling luggage in the kitchen.
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The detail of the roof in the Billiard Room.
The family also added a grand and frankly, enormous Chapel. It was completed in the 1870’s just after William Gibbs died. It is larger than most village churches and has all the original chairs and altar furniture.

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The chapel at Tyntesfield

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The Chapel on the outside
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The Altar
We then wandered to the Kitchen garden which was huge! The garden produced enough for the entire estate and the family even had produce brought to them weekly when they were at their London residence.

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The walled kitchen garden
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The walled kitchen garden at Tyntesfield
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The herbaceous borders near the extensive greenhouses
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The orangery.
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Inside the orangery

By this time we were boiling hot and had to get back to collect our son. We stayed about 3 hours but this is definitely a place that you could stay all day. I feel I need to go back to see it all again as I expect we missed quite a lot! Being National Trust members means we can easily go back whenever we wish.

Tyntesfield has got to be the most impressive house I have visited recently. It deserves more attention and I’m so glad the National Trust have done such a great job in preserving it.

I will leave you with some more beautiful photographs of a fabulous few hours!

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The Rose Garden
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Fab gothic bench!

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View from the Master Bedroom
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Formal planting at the front of the house

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The Old House Garden Round Up: Dottie, Tilly & Tiger make an appearance. 14th June 2017.

The pets have been enjoying the garden this week. The weather has been varied but in no way as wet as last week!

Tiger has discovered the Nepeta (Cat Nip) and loves it almost as much as the bees. Dottie is just bonkers as ever!

Dottie loves to play with her towel that I lay on the patio for her to sunbathe on!

The garden has really grown after all the rain but of course with rain comes slugs and snails. I have tried beer traps, picking them off at dusk and putting down egg shells but they have still got to some of my vegetables which is frustrating! I wrote a post about dealing with slugs and snails organically here but fear I am failing somewhat!

Here are the vegetables.

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The beans and peas are doing well. The rhubarb is only in its second year so I won’t harvest from it until next year. I have put Marigolds around my pumpkin in a hope of confusing those pesky slugs!
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This bed is looking sad; I would have expected more growth really. You can see my beer trap. I’m going to add more.
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Another beer trap is full this morning!
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The vegetables in the Greenhouse are doing much better. I have found at least 2 slow worms living in here (giving me a fright!) but I think they are eating any snails or slugs that manage to get in.
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The Beetroot is looking healthy
With all the rain and wind of last week, my Lupins are looking a little flopsy but are still stunning in the cottage border.

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Flopsy Lupins!
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The Cottage Border
At the weekend we added some annuals such as Cosmos in this border to fill in any gaps. I think I would like to add some more as I love their pop of colour in here.

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The clematis is still flowering on the archway and now the rose is too. This rose is a climber called New Dawn.
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The yellow, red and orange border
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We have added some annuals such as Zinnia in here and planted some yellow lupins.
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This is the new area that we cant decide what to do with so we scattered some wildflowers seeds here for this year and they are now beginning to grow rapidly. The new roses are also blooming too. We have David Austin’s Compassion.
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This is my next project! Although it’s only overgrown. I want to see what grows here in full first.
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The Verbena are getting very tall!
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#MyGloriousGarden Linky week 2.

Hello and welcome to #MyGloriousGardens Linky week 2.

Thank you so much to the Linkers from last week.
We had 8 linkers. All posts were fabulous so I wont be picking favourites!

Crummymummy wrote about the development of her wildlife garden with Homebase plants. I loved her homes for hedgehogs and the way she involved her children. I will be following her new garden with interest.

wildaboutnauture linked her photography post about her garden. I love seeing what people plant don’t you? I loved her globe alliums.

CadyLuckLeedy shared her visit to The Gardens of Mainz in Germany. She and I have bonded over our visits to different gardens I think! Again, photos tells more than words sometimes and this post was all about that Magnolia in my opinion! Stunning.

Rivendellgarden This is John Kingdon’s site. He is a brilliant man in that he collates all the gardening blogs in one place for us all! I’m featuring this month so thank you John. Do pop over to his site to find out more.

OfftheEdgeGardening A lovely post about Gill’s revisit to a garden from her past with her Plant Heritage group. I love the way she has captured the weeping Irises.

Sowhatnow768 A fun post about the Linkers (I know her name but I think she would like to stay anonymous!) introduction of her chickens with fabulous names! I read this blog often and she always makes me laugh!

Msnubutterflies Such a fabulous post. How a garden became the daily inspiration for Shannon as she battles with MS. I love how uplifting this post was and how it made me see that the little things are as important. There is a part 2 to this post so I hope Shannon links again!

Watchingthedaisies posted 3 posts and all were Glorious! Thank you Brigid! I particularly love her post about The healing Power of Gardens and seeing her garden that she has transformed into a paradise! I agree that gardens and outdoor spaces can be so rewarding and calming. Brigid has a book out so she knows her stuff!

Thank you all again. I love all your posts.

Now for this week! You may link all garden related posts.It may be a post about a great day out with your family, a garden you have visited, your garden or an outdoor place you have visited. I don’t mind anything as long as it is celebrating a Glorious Garden! No posts about other Link parties please.

If you have never been to a Link party before it’s easy!

Just link up your post by clicking on the InLinkz button below.  Then press on the blue link button when it redirects you. Copy and paste your post or photo in the link. It will run for a week.

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