2016 leaps and bounds forward - after a wet spring, we have had some beautiful summer days during the last couple of months. My health has not been 100%, (nothing serious) so what energy I have had has been spent in making further progress in the garden, and in working on development of the therapeutic writing workshops that I provide in the community and to other health-based organisations.
But there was also time for a holiday - this year in the form of a 'stay-cation', when we enjoyed visits to some of the most beautiful gardens and other places of interest within 90 minute drive from Autumn Cottage. Maybe not the adventure of visiting far-flung places, but with the definite bonus of being able to sleep in your own bed and feed the cat every evening! (Pip very much approved of that part of the plan...)
We also chose to take the week here in the UK that saw the arrival of a heatwave (they usually occur the week before or after our vacation times!) - so I was also blessed with the brightest of conditions in which to take some photographs. Here are just a few from some of our visits, starting with a wander around Hidcote Manor and garden in the Cotswolds
The White Garden - one of the many 'garden rooms' at Hidcote
The Gazebo (one of a pair) at the end of the Hot Border
Pot arrangement of Mediterranean plants outside the second gazebo
The 'Fuschia Garden' - at this point without any fuschias. This was the bathing pool for the house, used during social gatherings of the 1920's & 30's
The Yellow Garden, provided by Johnston for his daunting Mother, Mrs. Gertrude Winthrop
A Trio of bums, contemplating the Yellow Garden!
A simple arrangement of terracotta pots, foliage and one brilliant colour - works so well, I think.
One of the beautiful gateways at Hidcote
Silver-leaved plants for dry conditions at the base of the Alpine Walk
The lovely Lily Pond, surrounded by Mediterranean planting
No garden without water!