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The Floral Clock – Edinburgh

The Floral Clock with Princes Street in the background This weeks “Flowers in Bloom”post is a day late due to my having been on holiday – I am now back home. I used to marvel at the Floral Clock in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens as a child, so I just HAD to pay a special visit there when I was in Edinburgh […]

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The Vatican Gardens

St Peters Basilica overlooking more formal sections of The Vatican Gardens I LOVE to travel and take time to view new gardens, taking inspiration for my own little plot.  On 7th March 2009, I was incredibly blessed to take a guided tour of the Vatican Gardens; I was able book via the Internet. The Arboretum – a peaceful place for contemplation   Happy Ducks!   […]

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Fences

Barbed wire fences erected to maintain boundaries and secure farm animals I am finally entering  Dutch Goes The Photo Challenge This weeks photo challenge subject is – fences.  I am reminded of the saying “Good fences make good neighbours” attributed to the poem “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost. In the poem two farmers are rebuilding a stone wall on the boundary […]

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Flowers in Bloom – Candelabra Primula

Orange and Cerise Candelabra Primula coming into bloom with central Iris Siberica  –  The Pond is hiding behind them! Although I live very close to the sea, I do not have a view of the mighty Atlantic Ocean from my home.  I remedied this somewhat by building a wildlife pond, which I can enjoy from my bright pink garden seat! The newly […]

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The Power of Place

This was my first blog post ever on 19 February.  I am re blogging it and look forward to your comments. I grew up in a quiet village in Stirlingshire, Scotland surrounded by unspoiled countryside. In school, I learned the names of native wild flowers, birds and trees. Every summer, my family returned to their roots in The Rosses area of County Donegal, […]

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Flowers in Bloom – Fennel

  Bronze Fennel stands tall to the right of her friends This weeks “Flower in Bloom” is actually a herb – Bronze Fennel. She has been a star in my garden for some years now, reappearing every spring after dying back each winter.  She is growing taller and more beautiful year on year. I wanted to showcase her this week […]

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Carrickfin

The little cove where I spent the afternoon. This post is dedicated to Bernadette at Haddon Musings and her Senior Salon. The sun shone again today ( a rare occasion this past year!) so I just had to take time out to spend a few hours relaxing on the nearest beach at Carrickfin. I wrote this poem last year for all those who had to leave […]

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Flowers in Bloom – Aquilegia

Aquilegia are one of my favourite late spring/early summer flowers.  They are a cottage style perennial, and are also known as Columbines but traditionally named “Grannies Bonnets” ! If you look at the shape of the flowers they look like an old fashioned ladies bonnet that would be tied with ribbon under the chin. They come in a wide range […]

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