Pres Garden … First Day

Pres Garden … First Day


I woke at dawn as the sun was trying to squeeze through the clouds.


A crow flew off a cider apple tree as I took its picture …..

…then joined others flying round and round in the blue air, crying and cawing!



On the other side of the house …….

….. what a sight the garden was!






Too much grass! ….. so we set about making cut inroads!




On the other hand, some of the herbs and flowers are glorious!

Rhododendrons …..


Flowering Sage, complete with Hummingbird Hawk Moth …..



…..and very fluffy bees!



Amongst the long fronds of grass, other flowers glow.


There are lovely, white roses ….. yellow, pink and red.





I love the sage, and will cut round islands of daisies.




Stonecrop graces the walls, and that pretty, blue geranium is in flower.





Our lovely, old apple tree is ailing. I have to decide what to do.


A first, busy day ends …..


… tomorrow, more grass cutting.

Anne ….. 26.05.25


24 Responses

  1. Hayley says:

    Beautiful Anne :rose: You have two completely different homes with that single common thread, the garden and its occupants. You must have been laying down to get the daisies and buttercups, love it! :heart:

  2. dixon says:

    Looks very nice gertie :rose: …………………looks like you have a lot of grass to cut though. :yes:

    • gertie says:

      Sure do Dixon…..still working on it….will give an update at a later date ….. and despite the graft it is lovely here ….we are so lucky to have found it when we did, [25 odd years ago] and managed to keep hold of it for a while :yes:

  3. It looks as if you have timed your visit to perfection with the flowers first flush of lovely blooms

    • gertie says:

      I am so pleased to see all the daisies again Paula ….. one of the advantages of no longer having a regular grass cutter ….. always a silver lining somewhere :rose: Love it :yahoo:

  4. Anne, looks fab Anne and so much colour. The long grass must be haven for bees, butterflies etc It looks so natural. :rose:

  5. Bill says:

    Stunning stuff Anne, Salvias, Roses and the like plus a beautiful selection of wildflowers, Think I would be inclined to give CP a miss for quite a while this year, this place is idyllic :good:

  6. gertie says:

    That’s how I feel each time I come Bill…reluctant to start and reluctant to leave :wacko: I LOVELOVELOVE the daisies in the grass. :yahoo:

  7. karenp says:

    Anne well what a difference to the night from the night before vision , as it looks like a wildflower meadow you have and a true haven for the wildlife, totally agree with Bill and would be so tempted to stay longer as what a glorious location too and a beautiful house :yes: :good:

  8. gertie says:

    Thank you Karen :rose: , it is a wild flower meadow …love it :yahoo: :rose:

  9. cilla says:

    It looks idyllic Anne and what beautiful flowers, an absolute haven for wildlife and humans alike. :rose:

    • gertie says:

      It is Cilla, I often wish we could all have a Nature Week here!!
      This just shows the wilderness though, and we have to cut down so much grass to get it usable again as a garden refuge :wacko:
      That has to be done carefully too as the crickets, spiders, beetles and butterflies object. :rake: Dom narrowly missed a toad yesterday!! :harvest: :rose:

  10. VegVamp says:

    What a glorious sight Anne, don’t know if I’d ever want to leave. :rose:

  11. gertie says:

    We hum and hah over that Karen :lol: but the NHS and London and friends at home draw us back :yes: :rose:

  12. Beanstew says:

    Can only imagine the mixture of trepidation and delight with which you approach the Pres on each visit – huge labour and then pervading peace. It is a beautiful place Anne, and can certainly grow a great crop of grass – think I’d be looking for someone to tether animals which could keep it down a bit. But I’d love to have such a problem.

  13. gertie says:

    Got it in ONE Sheila :lol: :good:
    Our farm neighbours crop the orchard with their sheep, but the rest is down to us ….. long story there too :rose:

  14. shedsue says:

    Oh my…just perfect…..colourful, pretty, wildlife’s got it all…and yes, how do you both tear yourselves away? :heart: :rose:

  15. gertie says:

    :lol: with difficulty Sue :lol:

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