Wednesday 24 August 2011

Summer Loving

We have had a lot of rain lately but for the past couple of weeks the weather has been lovely, it hasn't been one of our best Summers so I'm really enjoying what left of it before the autumnal weather kicks in.

An English summer to me is tea and a favourite magazine in the garden.

Strawberries with cream and roses.. (Sombreuil Tea Rose)

Always fresh flowers for the house.

This is Campanula Pyraidali 'Blue Diadem'

I'm not a garden that's out in all weathers, it has to be a nice day and then I potter really but recently I have made some changes.  A neighbour was knocking down an out building in his garden and kindly let me have the lovely old bricks, so I decided to lay a path which I will fill with pea shingle/gravel.

I have also moved my metal arch to create a little seating area, which I've planted with lots of scented plants, Roses, Jasmine and lots of Lavender

Favourite plants in my garden at the moment Sedum (not in flower here) and Verbena Bonariensis.

Today I am linking with Sarah over at Modern Country Style for her 'Summer Loving' link party


  1. lovely photos and what a lovely spot to sit in your garden!

  2. Hello Deborah:
    What really lovely images and it all look so very inviting and completely English. We are so pleased that you are enjoying some good weather to make the most of being outside. Here it is 36C [to be hotter by the end of the week!] and so really impossible to be out and about.

    Verbena bonariensis is amongst our favourite flowers for late summer. We used to find it short lived but it would always reliably seed around.

  3. Lovely images as ever... surprisingly we had fog this morning, it was more like autumn outside until about ten, when the sun began to burn through the cloud. Like you, I potter on fine days, and did half an hour deadheading in the cool. Now it's getting warmer and warmer, time to retreat indoors.
    Have a good week.

  4. Some lovely English summery images.

  5. What a lovely garden. I'm always bringing magazines out to mine, too. Your path is coming along nicely. So glad I found your blog not too long ago.
    Take care,

  6. Beautiful garden. We've just been doing exactly the same with some old bricks... I still have to get an arch... it's on my wish list for next year. Lx

  7. So lovely. I feel like I'm right there with you.

  8. Like you I enjoy gardening in the warm sun and pottering is the pace that feels right.
    I do love the idea of your brick and gravel paths. Tea in your lovely garden must be a real treat. You have a wonderful gift with all that you touch.
    I crave for more...

  9. Wow! Save me a slice of that strawberry and cream gateau - I'm coming over RIGHT NOW!!

    Thank you so much for linking up today to my Summer Loving party.


  10. Your photos are superb as always. What lovely changes you are making in your garden. I hope you get the most out of what is left of summer. Lovely post.

  11. Your images are so gorgeous! Your garden looks heavenly, I'd happily plop myself down out there with a magazine and some tea!!!

  12. Wow - everything looks just LOVELY!!!

  13. Lovely, lovely images :) The strawberry dessert looks absolutely divine! Xoxoxo

  14. Lovely post Deb...I really love that first has everything...lovely chippy table and chair, silver tray, pretty flowers, interesting mags and gorgeous garden in the background...looks like a great place to sit and enjoy...just missing the champas! Robx

  15. Your sitting area is wonderful. Inspiring me to do the same. I love the little purple flowers. They look beautiful in the home.

  16. Deborah, I'm spending my next vacation in your garden. It's so peaceful and calm. The flowers look wonderful, and one of those chairs has my name on it. (good job on the brick lined walk!)

  17. It's always nice to visit but could I impose upon you for some strawberries and cream to go?

  18. Tu blog es una belleza, me ha gustado tanto que lo he situado en mi blog, en la seccion de favoritos.
    Un saludo afectuoso desde Menorca(España)

  19. Beautiful, calming images. I could feel myself relaxing as I gazed at each one. Thanks so much for sharing.

  20. I'm visiting a Brit as we speak and have not been offered even one bite of something so delicious.

    Damn, wrong Brit.

    xo Jane

  21. Love it all. That cake looks amazing and your garden as ever is beautiful

  22. Your relaxing place to sit in the garden is somewhere after my own heart: I could just move-in.


  23. Ahh, thank you for the little retreat! I can just smell the roses, lavender, and jasmine (my fav) right now :) XOL

  24. Beautiful photos and what a great idea for a little pathway.

  25. Hey Deb, thanks for your comments re. my hydrangeas (which by the way have dropped dead...). My mother used to put her old used steel wool under the plants to aid with the 'blueing'. Have a great weekend. Robx

  26. What a beautiful garden for magazine reading.


  27. Every lovely photo is better than the next...swoon.

    Hope you have a lovely week.

    Life's a Beach...

  28. I've found you at Laura's POTMClub. Your English cottage is so so nice that I "must" follow your blog from now!
    You might like my Spanish flat by the sea too :-)

  29. Hi Debs, looks like you are very busy in your garden, I love your new path. I need to get a little bit of colour for my garden, so have made a note of your 2 favourites. Oh and I love your silver tray. Many thanks for your visit and kind comments. It's so true what you say about us girls always ending up in the kitchen. I must admit though, I am happiest there! Have a lovely weeek, love Linda x

  30. Love love your enamel pitcher with blue flowers!!
    (I'm addicted to pitchers)
    Your garden is so nice and calm, a beautiful place to stay a lot.
    Thank you for visiting me!

  31. Your enamelware and floral displays are outstanding! And after the visuals of your Garden Brunch now I'm HUNGRY!!! *Winks*

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  32. Pretty pictures, love the tiny blue flowers... they brighten up an already beautiful room. Lovely kitchen too, saw pix's in the previous post... so dainty and cute.

  33. wow, I love every picture of your blog, so elegant and refined!

  34. Such gorgeous images. Great staging.

    It would be great to have you link to my meme Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  35. Tea in the garden sounds completely lovely - and your garden is beautiful!

  36. You never hear me complaining when it's summer time and the suns out. Strawberries with whip cream is my favorite.

    -Zane of ontario honey

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