Monday, 25 May 2015

Bedecked with flowers

The cliffs around us are currently carpeted in a sea of pink thrift ......




We returned to River Cottage this weekend for an evening concert. Last time we were there, in March, we visited the vegetable garden and were keen to see how things had changed since then,  unfortunately our daughter was working a late shift, so we only had time to see it from a distance.  However, the pathway to the marquee was so pretty with the alliums and lights.


The sunset looked impressive especially against a field of bluebells,,,,,,,


A different view of River Cottage looking back towards the barn.


Every weekend we discover new highlights of the area  - this weekend we came across this wonderful field of buttercups it was quite a sight......

Can't remember if I was bending down for Tavi or looking for the best angle for a picture!


Tavi thought it was wonderful too, he ran around in big circles!


Old habits are hard to break and I had to return to the nursery that  I always visit at this time of year to buy some plants to put in pots. It is one of those old fashioned nurseries that grow the majority of plants that they sell. For me it is just like being instantly transported into a sweet shop as a child, and seeing so many good things that I take ages to decide what to buy!



 This time I visited there on my own and got a bit carried away......


My husband did remark as I opened the boot that is almost looked too good to move the plants out! Phew!!

Thank you so much for your lovely comments in the last  post. It gave me such pleasure reading of your simple pleasures too, they mirrored all the things I love doing. I'm sorry that I am struggling at the moment to get around to visiting everyone. I haven't forgotten you all, I just don't have as much time on the computer.

Sarah x

40 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous spot. The wildflowers are amazing at the moment aren't they, and sea pinks are some of my favourites. Lovely purchases, they'll look beautiful in your garden as well as in the boot I think. CJ xx

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  2. The thrift is beautiful!
    Make the most of the good weather Sarah x

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  3. Wonderful times you have been having! The field of buttercups is beautiful isn't it. Tavi looks very happy indeed!! Enjoy all of your wonderful new plants! xx

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  4. The buttercups are utterly beautiful! I am becoming the same as you with flowers with vegetable plants or seeds- only just started but I keep thinking about what else I can try!!x

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  5. Nice to visit you again. Always nice to visit with one who lives by the sea. The lake here at my gardens is not a sea - though it was often called the Inland Sea by settlers in our early history. I try to post at least one photo whee you can see my sea Lake Michigan when viewing the gardens. Love the water. Jack

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  6. So beautiful! & Tavi is the happiest looking pup I've ever seen!! Thanks for sharing your lovely photos. I visited the local nursery yesterday and bought much more than I intended AGAIN. LOL What is it about gardening?? xox

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  7. Such a lot of *Butterblume*, you know the german word? Oh, I have a thaught in the moment - is your dog gardening too?

    Sigrun

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  8. Wonderful floral photos, love the field of buttercups and the thrift. You live in a wonderful location. xx

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  9. I love your plant choices - I chose a similar selection at my local garden centre recently. It is very exciting choosing, isn't it? Your coastal photos are lovely - we were in Dorset yesterday, and although the sun was hiding the scenery was wonderful :)
    Cathy x

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  10. teeeeheeee...that Tavi KNOWS WHAT'S GOOD! I too would run around in circles if I saw this magical oceanside wonderland! And soon I will for my husband and I are returning to the seaside in northern California for a retreat. It is Carmel by the sea, where we spent our honeymoon 33 years ago.

    The lush pink here reminds me of the pink "Ice plants" found on the dunes of Carmel. Oh Sarah, does the ocean ever stop enchanting us? NEVER. With each return of a wave, something new washes up. ENJOY MY FRIEND! Anita

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  11. So happy images of your area, I could also run for joy like Tavi! I love visiting local nurseries too, they are friendly and helpful with endless gardening ideas.This is exactly the problem,I always waver between various choices!
    Olympia

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  12. Looks like you have been having a busy time. How lovely to have a nursery which still grows it's own stock - that car-full looks gorgeous. It is so hard to leave without some unplanned extras isn't it?! Juliex

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  13. I can just picture Tavi running around in circles in that field! River Cottage looks like such a beautiful place to visit. I especially like the picture of the alliums and lights.

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  14. Truly beautiful and wonderful. I need to live by the sea. Something so primal about it. Alas, my husband is a landlubber and I can't even get him to leave the farm.

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  15. Such pretty countryside round your neck of the woods and my, hasn't Tavi grown! You are just like me with new plants- I bought a boot load over the weekend too and had a lovely time deciding where to put everything and planting it all out- instant colour! The bees have already found most of it :o) x

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  16. Lovely to see photos of River Cottage and your seaside. And what buttercups! Beautiful. Looks as though you have a fine haul of plants there. Happy planting. Sam x

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  17. How fortunate you are Sarah to be so near to River Cottage! Love seeing the fields of buttercups and the flowers! Thank you for your advice on the peonies. Got so carried away with daughter's garden at the weekend, that I totally forgot to look for peony plants at our local nursery....maybe this weekend! Have a lovely week!

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  18. A fairy tale setting, Sarah, I'm sure you have all kinds of magical creatures hidden about.
    Amalia
    xo

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  19. I love "cultivated" gardens, but I think the wild ones are the best! I just finished watching May's episode of The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady and was graced with England's prettiest drifts of wildflowers and flowering trees. The pink sea thrift is just lovely as are the field of buttercups!

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  20. The seaside is so beautiful...wow! Lovely to visit your blog, always so nice pictures!
    Have a great week,
    Titti

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  21. I too have noticed how many Buttercups there are in the fields this year. We drove to Alton at the weekend, through the country lanes, and at first we thought we were looking at fields of Rape, but when we looked closely we realised it was Buttercups - so thick on the ground that you would think someone had sown them as a crop!

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    1. I have never seem so many buttercups before either. I thought it was just because we had moved into a new area! Sarah x

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  22. Beautiful thrift and buttercups. I'm always drawn to the wild flowers when there's a choice :)

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  23. Delightful to share your delight Sarah! Thank you.

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  24. Eine wunderschöne Landschaft. Vor allem die bunten Wiesen gefallen mir sehr.
    Gruß, Anette

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  25. Wow such a beautiful area! I love the wild flowers and such picturesque vistas. I laugh about Tavi. When Archie is excited or super happy about something he starts running at top speed in circles. We call them his Victory laps! I guess they just are getting their sillies out! It's so funny to watch though!! Seriously how can anyone leave a beautiful nursery empty handed?!?! Your plants are lovely!

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  26. I never tire of seeing your life by the sea. The pink flowers are so pretty.

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  27. The wild flowers this year seem to have excelled themselves which is wonderful to witness.Thrift on the cliff tops takes me back to childhood memories.
    I must away to a plant nursery too, the one near to you looks particular good with lots of tempting gems to choose from.

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  28. If that's all the plants you bought in the last photo, I think you've been very restrained! What is that pink daisy-like flower in the middle on the right side of your car boot? I adore nurseries that have grown their own plants, somehow it gives them more credence - and your geranium photos are *wow* gorgeous! They look so amazing grouped together like that! I hope we'll see some photos of your new plants in the garden! Caro x

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  29. Such lovely pictures of Dorset in the wild - the sea thrift is a sight for sore eyes. I have noticed all the buttercups too looking so cheery - they obviously like the May weather. I have finished buying my plants for the garden now - I, like you, have spent far too much but I do like my containers to look full of colour - how lucky you are to have such a good nursery near you.

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  30. What lovely flower photos. Very beautiful. I especially love the geraniums. I have some in pots that I'm watching anxiously waiting for them to flower. I must be patient! Have a nice weekend x

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  31. Drifts of thrift....fabulous! I have one tiny clump which is struggling. The buttercups are a picture. When we were young we held a buttercup under our friends chin to see if they liked butter; the yellower the reflection the more they liked it! Did you do that I wonder Sarah?

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    1. Yes that is a tradition here to hold the buttercup under the chin to see whether you like butter. We still do it ,it's a habit that is hard to break! Sarah x

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  32. River Cottage looks so romantic with the beautiful sun and lights. A sea of yellow flowers, beautiful!!. Yes, you could lose Tavi. Too cute. I just love the photo also of those beautiful geraiums. Mine that I have in container seem to be be having a good year. My red one attracts a sweet hummingbird. Thanks for sharing more beautiful photos. Have a lovely weekend.
    Blessings!

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  33. I am going to type the thoughts that accompanied each picture.

    Oh, my goodness!
    Oh, my goodness!
    Oh, my goodness!

    Not very original, but your photos took my breath away.

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  34. Aren't you lucky to live in such a beautiful place.
    Amalia
    xo

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  35. It's always fun to pick out new flowers for the garden in Spring. The nurseries are such a gorgeous place.

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  36. I never get tired of visiting your blog because your area is so incredibly beautiful. Just amazing! :)

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  37. Hope you enjoyed the music night at RC over Bank Holiday weekend. I had such a lovely time at the Spring Fair and have been given a place at the Summer Fair too. Very exciting and now I'm buzzing with lots of ideas for kitchen & garden cushions & quilts! It's such a beautiful venue.

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