Tuesday, 2 June 2009

A visit to 'Mottisfont Abbey'

I haven't posted for over a week now as I have been so busy at the allotment as well as working in my garden. I also spent 3 days away at my son's having fun with the grandchildren. Bertie is 19 months now and very entertaining and keeps us busy. Florence is just over 3 months and smiling and cooing and developing her own little personality.

I expect everyone is busy planting, weeding and in this heat watering. I spent some time this evening at the allotment everything is coming on so well, and I spotted some ripe strawberries (didn't have time to pick them) some little broad beans and some peas. I have been picking the spinach beet and that's delicious. All the Dahlias are in and they are flowering, as are the sweet-peas and various other flowers. I will take some photo's tomorrow.

Today we visited 'Mottisfont Abbey' which isn't far from where we live. I thought I would share some photo's with you. It was far too hot for me today, and the Rose Gardens there looked very dry, but the perfume was heady and beautiful.

The Mosaic Angel




15 comments:

Tatyana said...

Hi Maureen!Thanks for sharing! What a beautiful place, and you took good pictures of it! I love water, and angel, and these tall plants with white flowers (is it foxtail llily?) It's hot here, too. Happy June to you!

Pam'sEnglishGarden said...

Hi, Maureen,

Lovely photos. So it is hot in England? We have record low temperatures in Pennsylvania! I could use a little warmth right now. Maybe I'll get it during my trip to England in a couple of weeks!

I don't know how you manage to do your allotment and your garden. Very impressive.

Your friend in gardening, Pam

Prospero said...

Hi Maureen. Sounds like you had a nice time with your family. The youngest ones are often the most entertaining.

How hot has it been where you're at? It's finally hot here, too. Even in the evening, it really doesn't cool off. And humid... It feels like it's way hotter than it is. I guess it's pretty dry and your night are cool?

I like that bridge surrounded by the weeping trees at Mottisfont.

I just discovered a little baby watermelon yesterday. It's an orange fleshed type called orangeglo. I'm so excited (just like a kid). I also have a midget cantaloupe plant growing very strongly near by, with tons of flowers. Isn't gardening the greatest?

ginny said...

i love the scent of roses... your allotment is looking good... i still have some more planting out to do at home and can't wait for the rewards... we are enjoying our first crops of oak leaf lettuce and a few radishes.
x

dee said...

Hi Maureen. Your plots looking good. So jealous your picking peas already,mine seem to be on a go slow this year. Thanks for stopping by. I've added you to my blogroll hope thats ok. *smiles*
Dee

Maureen said...

Hi Everyone, this is just a quick hello as I have so much to do today. I just wanted to say thank you all for your comments, it's so lovely to log onto my PC and get them. I appreciate your time especially as we are all so busy gardening, what a very busy time of year this is! I will answer properly later. Have a lovely day x

Joanne said...

Hi Maureen
I love Mottisfont and had hoped to go next week with Dad but as he has not been well he won't be making the visit, so I guess I have lost my garden companion for Mottisfont and the trip will have to wait another time.

Maureen said...

Well I didn't get to do anything at the allotment today, but got lot's of gardening done.
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TATYANA, They are Foxtail Lilies, and I liked them so much I wouldn't mind having some in my garden, maybe next year!!
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PAM, It's been in the 70's here for a few days now and very humid, I hope you get some good weather in Pennsylvania soon. I only just about manage the garden & the allotment, I have to admit it's hard work. I hope the weather stays good here for your trip. What part of England do you go to ?
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PROSPERO, Luckily our evening and nights are cooler, although the last couple of nights we have used a fan in the bedroom. I envy your watermelon,I would be excited too. I agree gardening is great, I can't imagine life without it.
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GINNY & DEE, thank you so much for your comments, and DEE my peas arn't quite ready to pick yet, and thanks for adding me to your blogroll.
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JOANNE, I hope your dad is better soon and that you both get to visit Mottisfont before the Roses are past their best.

Pam'sEnglishGarden said...

Hi, Maureen. Thank you for visiting my blog today. My mum lives in Staffordshire. We are going to celebrate her 90th birthday! I get my gardening genes from her...she lives alone and still takes care of her garden. You have probably seen pictures of it on my website. I can't wait to be HOME again. Pam

Maureen said...

PAM, How wonderful that your mum is 90yrs and still gardening, let's hope you have inherited her longevity gene as well as her gardening one.
Have a wonderful time in Staffordshire, and it's nice to see that you still think of it as HOME. x

Jo said...

Great photos Maureen. I especially like the one of the river. It looks like a beautiful place.

Anna said...

Photos of Mottisfont always looks so dreamy and romantic especially at this time of year. I imagine it to be just dripping with roses and smelling heavenly. I envy you your visit Maureen. Thanks for sharing it with us :)

Maureen said...

ANNA & JO, Thank you for your comments. Mottisfont is a Rose lovers paradise, and yes it does smell wonderful in the rose gardens.

Leigh said...

Hi Maureen,
Wow! These are lovely.
That willow on the water!
In the yard of the house I grew up in there was a beautiful weeping willow. I used to sit hidden under it -- the branches were a curtain -- and play with inch worms and read or dream . . .
I always find something on your blog to make me smile.
X Leigh

Maureen said...

Hi Leigh, I'm so glad we are in touch again. Your garden is looking amazing, and that adorable grandson is growing fast. Thanks for visiting my blog. :)