If you’re in any way green-fingered and living in the northern hemisphere, this is the time of year when your gardening genes go into overdrive, so I’m taking my inspiration for this week’s travel theme from the season that’s upon us. Here is my homage to gardens, starting with Altamont Gardens in County Carlow, famous for its annual Snowdrop Festival.
The stunning Japanese Gardens at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island in Washington state.
The Edith B. Haupt Moongate Garden in Washington DC.
And the last garden, perhaps not as grand as the other three, but overflowing with homegrown charm. My gardening wingman, Robin Redbreast, surveys the view from the top of a pea trellis I made.
Can I tempt you to get your hands dirty with your interpretation of this week’s theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:
- Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Garden
- Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
- Watch out for the next travel theme which will come out next weekend
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Dig deep and give it some welly!
The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. – Alfred Austin
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. – Gertrude Jekyll
Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you. – Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Robin is a lucky fella!! Enjoy the digging… and the eating. OK, I know… I’ve skipped many steps in between but that’s modern technology for you! Fast forward! 😉
Haha I know, gardening teaches you patience that’s for sure – and how to accept failure when wood pigeons wipe out your kale or blight hits your tomatoes. 🙂
I believe tomatoes should never have direct rain/ watering on the leaves… that will help with blight! (I heard it on the BBC’s GQT!)
I love GQT 🙂
I’d love to attend one of their live broadcasts!! 😉
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Thanks! Love your ‘white’ photo, gorgeous. 🙂
Thanks to you, too!
Give it some welly, indeed, Ailsa! I’ll dig out a few garden images for you soon….
Excellent, Sue, looking forward to your post, gardens are some of my favourite things to photograph. 🙂
Oh how lovely, everything looks so fresh and green!
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Greetings! Here is my garden compilation. https://roamingurbangypsy.com/2017/05/08/travel-theme-garden/
Love it, especially the lily pads!
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Ah – a lovely theme for the season, Ailsa! I love Japanese gardens as well!
https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/travel-theme-garden/ Haha – it went back to you! This is the right one!
Lol, I’ve done that before – you repeated the same link back to me, so I went ahead and changed it to the right one. 😉
Thank you…I know…I had to post it once more….;-D
Gorgeous photos, Leya, that Swedish garden looks like a fairyland. So beautiful. xxx
Thanks, Ailsa. that garden is for sale now…the old couple owning it has collected rare plants from all over the world for their garden. Now they are too old to keep it going. I only wish I had outdoor green fingers outdoors…I would have bought it immediately.
Oh wow, if I had the cash I’d have bought it myself! 🙂
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My contribution at https://travelrat.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/travel-theme-garden/
Lovely photos, I adore the blue rooftops in the third shot. Oh and the W.C. Fields quote is hilarious. 🙂
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Wow, such gorgeous orchids!
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Stunning shots, Dawn, those sunflowers are so beautiful xxx
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Love Robin Redbreast, Ailsa. My Garden has virtually no plants. In fact, it’s barely on Earth! http://bit.ly/GardGods
Oh wow, how absolutely beautiful, there’s something so peaceful about those vast expanses of red. Love it. xxx
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I love the robin shot – such cheeky birds.
And I have a garden to share with you (but definitely not mine!) https://travelwithintent.com/2017/05/09/ashridge-garden/
Stunning shots, Debbie, and thanks for putting Ashridge on my radar, I hadn’t heard of it before. Yes, I love my little garden robin (actually there are two, one in the front garden and one in the back, they squabble sometimes over the boundaries).
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Love it, Jude, I’ve heard of them, and browsed their catalogue, so interesting to see photos of their nursery grounds, it looks beautiful. xxx
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Lovely photos, I can smell the lavender from here! 🙂
No. 3 has a touch of magic, Ailsa 🙂 A happy week to you!
And to you too, Jo! 🙂
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gardens are such a wonderful subject! here are my picks https://dailymusing57.com/2017/05/10/travel-theme-garden/
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Jude’s post gave me a poke in the eye with a sharp stick and I woke up, Ailsa. 🙂 🙂
Haha, sounds painful! Lovely post, Jo, that frilly tulip is just amazing, isn’t it? xxx
Wonderfully worn out and ready for a rest, I think. (the tulip, though come to think of it, could well be me 🙂 ) Happy weekend, Ailsa!
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Beautiful gardens, Ailsa! It must be lovely to roam there for hours. x
I found some flowers for you: https://figmentsofadutchess.com/2017/05/12/travel-theme-garden/
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Here’s mine, Ailsa…a bit of mystery in a garden? : https://suejudd.com/2017/05/13/travel-theme-garden/
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Here is my entry for this week.
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A garden on Nevis in the Caribbean : https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/arch/
I have no green thumb myself but it’s nice to see such awesome gardens!
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Thank you! 🙂
Beautiful photography… I am a travel blogger and I would love if we stay connected here is a link to my blog https://valoniapiresblog.wordpress.com
Very helpful article. Thanks for your great effort.
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Love gardens! Parks and gardens, I never miss when we travel. If there is a palace to visit, we also always check the gardens. I loved the gardens from Belvedere palace in Vienna.
Here is also my travel blog, would love to have your support as well.
Love the idea of using a theme for your posts! Very clever.
Great read xx