Ooo, very interesting Rosemary! You garden is absolutely lovely. I like the shot of the Geranium Maderense (I think!) from below, never grown it but have always been tempted.I am a little perplexed by the flower in the centre of mosaic one. It feels like it could be attached to a succulent but I don't know what it is. The stamen look like little jewels very pretty.I would love to know more about your sculpture of a woman. It reminded me of Fernando Botero's Venus in Broadgate, London which I would sit beneath whilst eating my lunch some years ago.Paul
10/10 for the Geranium Maderenese, you are always spot on Paul at recognising the plants. Mine has never flowered, perhaps too much rain. However, I understand that it dies if it flowers so I am happy that it stays just as it is. It looks spectacular with its lovely leaves and stem formation. The plant in the centre is the common house leek, Sempervivum Arachnoideum. I have a large clump of them, and this year they are spectacular with loads of flowers.The sculpture is by Simon Mandy, an acquaintance of ours. His work reminds us a little of Aristide Maillol. She is called Meteora and symbolises a celestial body, a comet or perhaps the earth itself, hurtling towards an uncertain future, standing as a metaphor for existence. Because she is flying around the world we have her on a plinth standing about 7 feet high.
Dear Rosemary, What lovely diversity in flowers, plants and sculpture. The perfect garden...so intersting and beautiful... a place to linger and enjoy such abundance (and your hard work).ox, Gina
Dear Gina - the rewarding thing about the garden is that as it matures it gets better. We have enjoyed creating it from scratch.
Rosemary, your flowers are stunning. I love the urn. I must take the time to study the rounded images tutorial you wrote again. Your blog is wonderfully artistic and reflects your fine knowledge of art and gardening. I finally got an iPhone yesterday and can now take more spontaneous images. In fact at our old house it's faster than our internet. Have a lovely day. Olive
Dear Olive - yes, do give the roundels a go. So far only Gina above has managed to do them. If you get stuck you can give me an email. Enjoy your iPhone. I love Mac, cannot do without my apple a day.
Dear Rosemary and dear Olive, Rosemary knows exactly what images to make into roundels. That is part of the art. Olive, write down each step on a piece of paper and follow Rosemary's instructions. Once you have done it you will be able to do it by rote.
Dear Gina - you are the only person that has been able to make the roundels so far. I do not know whether you have seen any others amongst your followers? One of my other followers made some ovals but the corners had not been made invisible, and that is all I have seen.
Thanks Lisa that is very kind of you.
How beautiful and colourful - so many gardens have become dense green jungles after all the rain (including mine!)
That is true Nilly - I have never seen our grass looking such an emerald green before.
Wonderful photo mosaic of your beautiful garden! I find it excruciating and incredibly time consuming, combing through all my photos, trying to decide which ones go together for my blog :)
I agree it is difficult. I am having the same problems trying to eliminate photos from my holiday shoot, it is necessary to be ruthless, but so hard to decide.
Rosemary,Your garden is so beautiful and your photos are stunning. I love the photo of the geranium madernese taken from below looking up. We had one of those but it never flowered and got hit by frost after a few years. Are your Japanese anemones already out?Your photos have inspired me to work harder in creating better photos from my garden. Thank you.Sarah x
Dear Sarah - we bring the geranium maderense in for the winter to the conservatory. It looks very robust but as you have discovered it is not. Caught out by you Sarah!!! the Japanese anemones are in bud but not flower, the photo is from last year.From the photos I saw of your roses, you create lovely photos of your garden. To me other peoples photos always look better than my own, I suppose a lot of it is due to the surprise element.
Beautiful collages, flowers are always fun to take pictures off. Just did the same on my blog.Greetings,Filip
Dear Filip - flower collages are fun to make, and always look so bright and colourful. Thanks for your visit.
Rosemary, your garden is wonderful - may I ask how large it is?
Hello Susan - glad you enjoyed seeing the garden - it is not terribly big, roughly half an acre.
That's an impressive garden! It's so beautiful and wonderful. I love all of your embellishments and containers. That bench has my name written all over it. ;) Your photos, as usual, are lovely!
Dear Marie - quite a few of the embellishments are bits of rubbish we have picked up. The small rusty bits and pieces we found in a pile dumped in the corner of a cemetery in France. They are bits of old metal crosses from broken graves!!! When we went through Customs they set the alarms off and we had to open our bags. The French Customs scratched their heads and put them back in the bags. I think they thought we must be mad.The bench is one that was designed for the National Trust gardens over here, and I think it is a good design.
Like a proper walk round your garden, Rosemary. Exuberant. Thank you.
Lovely to have you walking with me Kate.
I'm enjoying your truly summer garden here! The abundance of colours is magnifying, unbelievable almost in these grey, rainy days. Isn't nature wonderful?Bye,Marian
Nature is wonderful Marian - every year the plants die away, and the following year up they pop again - nature's miracle.
I enjoy how you are revealing more and more of your garden, but bit by bit. I imagine that if I were there in person, your garden would reveal its surprises the same way. And I am seeing that it is truly spectacular!
The rear garden is split up in to so called rooms, with a central path rather like a hallway. It allows an individual style in each 'room', and we find it makes it much easier to keep the whole in good order.
Wow! I'd love to spend some "me" time in this garden. Lovely photos! Thanks so much for spotting my error matching up Camilla and Philip--that's a big oops! Off to the editing board!
Its an amusing combination Philip and Camilla - glad you did not mind me pointing it out.
Dear Rosemary,What a wonderful garden you have, love it!Beautiful photos as always.I'm enjoying all the posts I've missed.Wish you a wonderful and sunny summer.Here it's raining (feels like it's been raining for a long time), but we don't give up the hope for a warm and sunny summer.Mette
Dear Mette - lovely to hear from you. Hope you have been having a lovely time. Yes, the rain has been awful this year, but at the moment we have proper summer weather. Glad that you enjoyed seeing the garden, and thank you.
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