Friday, July 11, 2008

In an English country garden...

So far we have had a very rainy July and it hasn't been possible to spend as much time in the garden as we would like. This morning was fine and dry so out came the camera! The sun was a tad shy at times and kept disappearing behind the clouds, but we managed to capture some of our abundant roses and exuberant flora! Our lavender is looking wonderful this year - if you enlarge the photos you will see a very welcome visitor...

This rose is a beautiful and prolific rambler which would probably take over the entire garden if we let it!

This is a lovely spot to sit, just outside our garden studio, surrounded by the rambling rose. Do you like the Union Jack cushion? Many months ago, a friend suggested we make a floral one - lo and behold floral Union Jack cushions started appearing everywhere! We decided on something a little different and it is perfect for resting your head whilst reading!

Here is one of our lilies, the scent in the evenings is wonderful...

Every year I wonder why I haven't planted more of these cottage garden plants, perhaps next year I will add some of the soft pink variety as a subtle contrast...

I cannot remember the name of this striking flower, but we have filled our hanging baskets with it this year...

It's a good year for apples - here are our 'cookers' our other trees are laden with 'eaters'!

This is an iceberg climber, a new addition to the garden. It was planted in memory of our 'old lady' cat, who sadly passed away a few weeks ago, aged 20.

We also planted a very pretty shrub rose called 'sweet haze' and a particular favourite of mine, the very old rosa gallica 'versicolor' (sometimes called rosa mundi.) I always think of it as the raspberry ripple rose! They were heavy with blooms a week ago but there were none to see today, if they produce any more I will take some photos.

I will leave you with this photo of an old knife sharpener; you fill it with water and turn the stone to sharpen the knife blade. It belonged to Mike's grandfather, who was a very keen gardener.

I hope you have enjoyed the photos. We will be updating the website over the next few days, but I hope to get out in the garden too - I have heard rumours of sunshine... Have a great weekend!


  1. The rain doesn't look as though it has battered your garden - it looks fantastic.

  2. Your garden looks fantastic. I really like your blog & shop and if you don't mind I'll post a link to your site from my blog.

    PS: I also live in Oxfordshire, and I'm hoping the weather will be better for the weekend.

  3. I love your rambling rose.
    Believe it or not, we found a knife sharpener just like that in our garden,when we moved here!

  4. I love all your pictures, but my favorite is the white bench with the rambling pink roses peeking through. Must be a beautiful place to sit.

  5. Wow, you are such a talented photographer and gardener...
    Both photos and flowers are sooooo gorgeous!
    By the way would you consider exchanging links with me, please?
    Kisses Kisses

  6. I love the bench and the cushion - it looks like the perfect place to sit and relax! Hope you made it out into the garden over the weekend.
    Cathy XX

  7. Your garden is looking beautiful Clare, your rambling rose is amazing. The apples on our tree are looking so much better than last year, maybe there are some benefits to this awful weather!
    Thanks for all your lovely comments on my post, it was nice to have you for a visit!

  8. Oh how pretty!! I love all of your flowers and bench. The Union Jack pillow is wonderful, too! What a sweet place to sit and unwind.


  9. Such pretty photos, your garden looks amazing. I am loving that white bench, so lovely.
    Love Alison x

  10. In my dreams I would have a garden like you. It is beautiful. I love your site, all your pictures, and your clever ideas. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us!