Friday, July 05, 2019

Hampton Court flowers

We've been away for a few days visiting my brother and sister-in-law in the south of England, who kindly invited us to go to the Hampton Court Flower Show with them.

The show was wonderful. I love flowers and took far too many photos of them.

Such as this, which I didn't at first recognise as a gladiolus. I wonder if it would grow in my garden... in the space which I have in my mind but which doesn't exist. It might, though, if I ever got round to purging some of the more prolific thugs.

Ah, the pink-and-blueness. I realise that agapanthuses are weeds in Australia, and indeed the one outside my kitchen window has spread hugely and I could never dig it out even if I wanted to. But I don't.

Lavender. You can imagine the scent.

Poppies like little ladybirds.

Alliums, alliums, alliums.

Some of the show gardens had a tendency to make political points - which is fair enough, but they weren't terribly gardeny. Whereas this one is. So beautiful. Unrealistic - the plants would soon become overcrowded. This picture is approximately what I would like heaven to be like. It just needs a pile of books, a some grandchildren and associated family members (this would have to be heaven on earth since I'm not having them die), a few friends, tea and cake...


  1. Beautiful! I have been there once but not during the Flower show.
    I'm with you in the love of flowers especially perfumed / scented ones. ( Agapanthus are thugs! the seed even worse! )

  2. That does sound like heaven! Political points in a garden? I love flowers too, as you know by my obsession with photographing my own and any others that I encounter. :)

  3. Oh, what gorgeous photographs! I do love your idea of heaven!

  4. Oooh, such beautiful flowers! You must tell me which flowers are impractical because they become overgrown -- I want them! The flowers I have planted never seem to proliferate. ;-(


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