A Garden Visit in Black and White

One of my favourite pastimes at this time of the year is to visit private gardens on their open days.Last weekend we visited Old Wesley Dale, a property dating back to 1836.

The beautiful gardens have been created over the last fifteen years by the very talented owners in a style
reminiscent of traditional English gardens full of roses , lupins , delphiniums and many other perennial plants.
I always think of gardening as painting with plants instead of paints.

These Light Sussex chooks are extremely lucky , not only can they roam at will but they have the fanciest

Chook House I have ever seen, named Chookingham Palace.

Wearing black and white for my garden visit , pants from Moyuru , black vest from Sarah Pacini, white shirt
purchased in Sydney in the Winter, black and white cow print shoes, black and white bangles and  white
milk glass beads, black and white fedora.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday


Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday



  1. Petite Silver Vixen
    November 16, 2015 / 10:46 am

    I love the way you describe gardening as 'painting with plants' – wonderful. What gorgeous gardens. And Chookingham Palace made me chuckle!A great outfit for a spring day. Love the clean lines of the vest and blouse collars and topped off by a jaunty fedora and those great cow print shoes.http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk

    • Jill James
      November 17, 2015 / 8:54 am

      Thank you so much it was a beautiful garden to visit, I was quite taken with Chookington Palace, glad you were too. I think this outfit will have many wears over Summer.

  2. Patti
    November 16, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    these gardens are beautiful and bring a moment of Zen. And you look terrific – I absolutely love this layered look in black and white. xoPattihttp://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Jill James
      November 17, 2015 / 8:55 am

      Zen certainly is something the world needs at present. Thank you for your kind words Patti and for hosting Visible Monday.

  3. Laurie Duncan
    November 16, 2015 / 2:53 pm

    Such lovely gardens! And that chicken house is so cute! I love your black and white outfit especially that pretty blouse! 🙂

    • Jill James
      November 17, 2015 / 8:58 am

      They were really lovely gardens with so many quirky components. Thank you for your continued support Laurie.

  4. Tiina L
    November 16, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    Gardening is painting… what a beautiful idea! And so true: you can create so many moods and landscapes just by choosing different plants. And your black and white outfit looks very artistic, too.

    • Jill James
      November 17, 2015 / 9:01 am

      I have always thought of gardens as another artistic endeavour, glad you agree.

  5. Glenda
    November 16, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    Chookingham Palace is just the cutest name. You look ever so clever and stylish, Jill.

    • Jill James
      November 17, 2015 / 9:04 am

      I thought the same Glenda that is why I included the chickens and their very smart home.Glad you liked the outfit Glenda, thank you for your kind words.

  6. Spashionista Alicia Searcy
    November 16, 2015 / 9:51 pm

    Loving your angular, architectural outfit with the Spring garden as it's backdrop! I particularly like that crisp, white shirt. On point, as usual :-)Aliciaspashionista.com

    • Jill James
      November 17, 2015 / 9:05 am

      Thank you Alicia for your always so thoughtful comments. I must admit to falling for crisp white shirts all over again.

  7. Olga Rani
    November 17, 2015 / 7:36 am

    I would enjoy such a visit too! Beautiful surroundings, peaceful atmosphere…Those hens look so cute, never seen this type in real life. Love your elegant and stylish black-and-white look Jill!

    • Jill James
      November 17, 2015 / 9:07 am

      The garden was so beautiful and peaceful. I had never seen that breed of hen either, they are quite impressive.Thank you for your kind words.

    November 17, 2015 / 4:11 pm

    But of course, you will be nearly in Summer, ahhhh crazy world.Fabulous to visit gardens, dear friend in TasmaniaXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Jill James
      November 19, 2015 / 10:06 am

      Thank you dear Sacramento , Sometimes the reverse seasons throw me too.

  9. Connie
    November 18, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    I usually think of black and white as so urban. But you have just proved to me that it is more than welcome out in the country…which is good because they are my favorite colors. You look smashing!

    • Jill James
      November 19, 2015 / 10:08 am

      Thank you Connie, black and white is is always a favourite of mine, be it town or country.

  10. dan
    November 19, 2015 / 2:00 pm

    It's nice to have the chance to visit such a beautiful private garden!I am sure you enjoyed the sight of flowers and plants … and of those small chooks which are free to roam! Chookingham Palace is delightful!!A black and white outfit is perfect in every situation! I find that its special shape suits you so nicely!

    • Jill James
      November 26, 2015 / 5:19 am

      The gardens were beautiful in their late Spring glory. As you know black and white are old friends. Thank you Dan for your kind words.

  11. fashionandfoodandotherstuff
    November 23, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    What a great blouse. And some stunning pictures!www.fashionandfoodandotherstuff.com

    • Jill James
      November 26, 2015 / 5:20 am

      Thank you so much.

  12. diaryofapennypincher
    November 24, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    Beautiful gardens, gorgeous chickens and a fabulous outfit!

    • Jill James
      November 26, 2015 / 5:25 am

      Thank you , both the gardens and the chickens were something special.

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