A Green Day

Wednesday, 22 May 2013





 Ali is quite right, the power of green growing things to restore the soul is great. Not that my soul is in particular need of restoration, it was nonetheless good to wander under the damp skies and gaze upon equally damp plants. Despite, or perhaps because of the greyness of the day, the greens seemed to be positively glowing with chlorophyll .

Mind you, I did have my camera set on vivid. Ali wisely brought her proper camera while I regretfully made do with my little point and shoot.

We agreed about tulips -yes, we agreed about rhododendrons -no, we disagreed on the subject of euphorbias, Ali -yes, me -no and agreed that wandering around Hidcote was a good way of spending a damp morning.

It's also a good way of spending a sunny morning.


26 comments:

  1. I'm envying your day in the garden and time together but glad it was a good one.

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  2. Oooh, I was really envious then - I thought it was your garden! Beautiful X

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  3. I love the colour of those tulips. Tulips seem particularly good this year. Maybe it's something to do with the weather.

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  4. What a gorgeous garden. On my list of places to visit.

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  5. I'm with Ali on the euphorbias. And with both of you on the rhododendrons. Hope that it is sunny next time you meet up.
    Ax

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  6. Well, it's a "no" from me on the euphorbias, I'm afraid. But those other shots are wonderful - oh those massed tulips! And yes, 'm sure my herbs shot up 6 inches after the downpour the other day - there have to be up-sides to all this "weather"!

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous, rain or shine! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Deep breath .....and relax. What a perfect place to visit; the ferns look absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. What wonderful photos I'd love a garden like that. Looks straight out of the English garden magazine stunning :)

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  10. I know this is sacrilege but I found the high hedges at Hidcote a little claustrophobic. But I do see that they make a great backcloth. Maybe it's time to revisit. You're right about the colour. Bright sun leaches it out of greens. And dull weather keeps some of the visitors away!

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  11. Beautiful pictures, despite the camera. I can see how therapeutic it is. Glad you had such a lovely day. Much better than Chelsea Flower Show I think. That probably isn't therapeutic at all. I think I'd need a lie down after.

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    1. Goodness yes, and I bet you can't see anything properly because of the crowds.

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  12. Raindrops on flowers can sometimes make the photo. Like your shot of the single cream tulip - beautiful!

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  13. As soon as I saw these lovely pics I knew exactly where you were ... it was the shade of blue paint on the seat that clinched it. Oh how I love Hidcote :D

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  14. Sometimes I really miss England :( What beautiful pictures of a beautiful place.

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  15. I walked the dog in the woods yesterday and had exactly the same thought - the greens were incredibly vivid - even without camera enhancement. Last time I made a special trip to Hidcote, it was closed! (there's a lesson about checking the guide-book in there for me).

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  16. Beautiful photos, I love the tulips, May is my favourite month, everything is SO green Julie x

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  17. Haven't the tulips been fantastic this year!

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  18. How different your photos in mid summer are! I wouldn't have recognised it. Which is a good excuse for seasonal revisiting, I say.

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  19. That first photo has some real zing about it. I had the same green thoughts last week.

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  20. I've just started my autumn bulb plan out here in New Zealand! It's inspirational to see the gardens at Hidcote although I'm not sure I'll ever manage such greatness! Thanks for sharing such fab photos and for inspiring me on this cold, but sunny day.

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  21. I agree - things are indeed looking very lush and green at the moment. The dampness adds to it - there's something uplifting about walking along and being hit by the smells of damp earth, wild garlic and hawthorn blossom.

    And I agree with you on Chelsea - absolutely hate being stuck in crowds.

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  22. Oh my! that first photo is absolutely beautiful. I love Hidcote, its such a gem of a place. Only been a handful of times but its definitely one to do again soon.

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  23. Euphorbias - I'm with Ali. I adore them. wouldn't be without them. As for rhododendrons - couldn't agree more, the flowers always remind me of discarded snotty tissues. And I'm with you both on the tulips. Lovely pics.

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  24. Stunning pictures Sue, whatever camera you used. I have no use for Euphorbias either. What fun to spend time with a blogging chum, so pleased that your were refreshed.

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