Tulips at Keukenhof

May is rushing by and I haven’t yet shared with you some of the tulips from Keukenhof.  If you are like tulips at all, do visit; I’ve been wanting to visit for several years and I wasn’t disappointed.  We stayed in Amsterdam from 25th to 29th April.  I’d never visited Amsterdam before and found it a lovely city.  The museums were spectacular.  Everything was incredibly well organised, even though it was the peak week for visiting Keukenhof we walked straight into the park, just showing our pre-bought ticket at the entrance. Continue reading

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The Peony Farm 2017 – Centro Botanico Moutan

This week has been hectic, trying to catch up from our week away at this vital time in the garden.  I haven’t manages to comment on as many posts as I would have liked, nor caught up with reading many from last week – sometimes life just gets in the way of blogging!!!!

As promised earlier in the week here are some images of the Peony farm which is about 20 minutes drive from where we live. Continue reading

The Italian Iris Society Garden in Florence

Last week I showed you some of the Bearded Irises (Iris germanica) that I have in my garden; they are a plant that grows particularly well in my sun-baked, free draining soil without needing any irrigation. I like the foliage too during their non-flowering season so when I read in the Italian Gardening magazine that I subscribe to that the Iris garden in Florence was open for a short period and that there were 2,000 irises on display I couldn’t wait to go!

The garden is situated just to the right of Piazzale Michelangelo where you can enjoy one of the best views of the city of Florence, so worth coming just for that.

The View from Piazzale Michelangelo over the Arno

The View from Piazzale Michelangelo over the Arno

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The yearly visit to the Peony farm

I don’t have any peonies in my garden, not because I don’t like them but because their beauty is so fleeting plus they flower at a time of year when there are likely to be many rain storms and wet bedraggled peonies just look sad.

But I do like them and love the perfume of the tree peonies so every year I visit a peony farm not far from us where I can enjoy seeing them without the worry of having them in the garden. This post is for Julie at Peonies and Poses, from the name I’m sure she loves peonies; maybe one year you could visit Julie and see this amazing place for yourself. Continue reading