Friday, August 8, 2008

August garden

On Tuesday I wrote a piece about Sunflowers entitled Summer's here. Today, I was out in the garden raking up fallen leaves from our huge horse chestnut tree, which is rapidly shedding it's leaves and preparing for autumn.....
IMG_0019 In the rest of the garden, the trees are not looking to bad.  There are a couple of large weeping willows which I really like.  We try and keep a path cut through this one, to a hidden little garden beyond .
IMG_0021 However, elsewhere in the garden, summer is still in full bloom.

This linden tree sits right outside our bedroom door and provides beautiful shade on a day like yesterday when midday temperatures soared above 45c (113F).

IMG_0020 I inherited most of the garden when we bought the property about four years ago and I am only just learning what everything is.  I wrote an article on a "scary tree" although since I published that piece, several people have told me that they think it's a beautiful tree and I'm inclined to believe them.

We have several large fir trees in the garden as well as numerous shrubs.

IMG_0013 The hibiscus flowers at the side of the area where we park our car and looks spectacular at this time of year.  I took all these photos today....
IMG_0015 The hedge, bordering the road comprises many different shrubs.
IMG_0011 Sadly, I haven't learnt what they all are yet so if anyone wants to tell me just leave a comment.
IMG_0016 These flowering shrubs were all photographed today.

We have a piece of field which is just being left wild to encourage wildlife and wild flowers.

I photographed these yesterday as well.


chaiselongue said...

The orange/red flowers look like Campsis. The last one with the poisonous-looking (I think) berries grows here too, but I don't know what it's called. The hibiscus looks lovely.

Ian said...

Thank you, Chaiselongue. Campsis makes sense as I was told there was Campsis in the garden when I bought the property...

learn chinese said...

Thank you very much for sharing.
Through your blog, a lot of people including me of course have a chance to read and learn from.
I have read some of your post and I really enjoyed reading it.
And if you want to learn chinese,please visit at
Thanks again and looking forward for more of your posting soon!