Hello everyone , hope all is well in your corner of the world.
It’s the time of the year for my annual garden post . This year the weather has not been kind with lots of wind and rain, the roses have really taken a battering .
Despite the less than perfect conditions and an overall much cooler than normal late Spring everything is blooming as bright as ever. For my regular readers I have believe it or not culled some of the lupins as they were threatening to take over. There are two white climbing roses on the frame behind , one is an old one Felicite et Perpetue , not sure of the name of the other now.
The view back towards the cottage (which in reality is John’s shed) , the climbing rose on the left is Lamarque , always most prolific . Once again my peonies refused to flower for me , if any of my gardening friends have any tips I would be most grateful.
This is a Bourbon rose named Variegata de Bologna and has the most magnificent fragrance.
This was my outfit for a pre-birthday brunch with my friend Didee at the Mad Apple , our favourite local vegetarian restaurant, where we both enjoyed the Nasi Goreng and a coffee.
Didee and I have been friends since we met at high school at the age of thirteen , over fifty five years now , We lost touch for a few years as our lives went in different directions and we lived in other places but reconnected about fifteen years ago.
I was wearing the Rundholz botanical print pants , a grey Sabatini crop cardigan worn under a coral Pom Amsterdam jacket and silver Alexander McQueen brogues(a recycle find).
Joining Gail at Is This Mutton for Wow on Wednesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday.
What an amazing friendship! I just went to visit and have lunch with a friend of 18 years yesterday. I do have a high school friend I keep in touch with and another from even before. I love your garden: it is magnificent and the lupins are just beautiful.
Thank you Mirielle , keep up those long term friendships they are so important.
The garden is at its best at present.
Jill, your garden is so lovely it would give the National Trust properties a run for their money. Those lupins are incredible, I have no luck with them whatsoever.
Loving the outfit, the skirt is spectacular.
Liz and I thought we were doing well having been friends for 52 years. Your day out with Didee sounds fantastic. xxx
Thank you so much Vix, not sure about giving those National Trust properties a run for their money but it probably is more English than Aussie. You and Liz are doing well too , those friendships are just so precious.
In spite of weather conditions not having been perfect, your garden is a triumph, Jill!
I absolutely love the sea of Lupins mingling with the roses.
Your outfit is another triumph as well. Isn’t it lovely to reconnect with old friends?
I too reconnected with a friend I’d known from high school but had lost touch with. What’s more, we both married slightly older men, and they’ve now become friends too! xxx
Thank you so much Ann , the garden appears to still look good as long as you don’t look too closely.
I agree those long time friendships are so precious. How wonderful that your husbands have also become friends too.
Oh my….your garden is gorgeous! Did you plant all these blooms? Would love to see more, especially the seating area. Always love your outfits.
Thank you so much Nancy , I have planted the garden over many years. I will try to show more of the seating area over the Summer.
Your garden is beautiful, Jill and that de Bologna rose is stunning. Hope you had a Happy Birthday lunch. Best wishes for lots of gardening joy. Elizabeth xx
Thank you so much Elizabeth , the striped rose is a beauty. We did enjoy the birthday brunch and spending time together. xx
I’m totally in love with lupins, we have th too but not as beautiful as yours. I how despite the weather that you will enjoy your garden this season!
That’s a very long friendship!
Thank you so much Nancy , the lupins seem to thrive despite the weather. Yes it is a long friendship and one I treasure.
I just love seeing your spring garden. Those lupins! I’ve never grown peonies so can’t advise. Your outfit is more than a match for the gorgeous garden. I adore those McQueen silver brogues!
Thank you so much Gail , the lupins are certainly putting on a show. I am so pleased with the McQueen silver brogues.
PEONIES NEED COLD IN THE OFF SEASON………
DOES IT GET REALLY COLD IN TASMANIA?
IT WAS A STRANGE YEAR FOR OUR GARDEN TOO IN CALIFORNIA.
SOMETHINGS DIDNOT BLOOM LIKE THEY HAVE IN THE PAST!
GLOBAL WARMING IS WHAT I BLAME IT ON………
REGARDLESS YOUR GARDEN IS MAGNIFICENT!
Thank you for your advice on the non flowering peonies Elizabeth , it does get cold here , maybe I need to feed them more.I agree that global warming is changing the weather patterns and our gardens are still adjusting.
Your garden is just the loveliest – those lupins.It must be your climate but I think also you have a rare gift and eye for planting.
Love your outfit – so stylish as per usual 🙂
Thank you so much Penny despite our unsettled Spring weather the lupins have put on quite a show.
Gorgeous Jill! It must make you feel great just gazing at it from your window too!
Thank you so much Joni , true there is something calming about a garden.