Happy New Year and let's welcome in 2011 - I'm already planning my garden visits!
But imagine what the gardens would look like if we drained them of their colour ....
It would make garden visiting very grey!
|The ruined abbey overlooking one of the lakes at Painshill Landscape Garden, Surrey|
|Sky before the snow ...|
|During the storm|
|After .... but there's more on the way!|
|The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, near London|
|Monastery of St Bernard de Clairvaux, Florida|
|Gravetye Manor, East Sussex UK|
|Edison + Ford Winter Estates, Florida|
|West Green House Garden, Hampshire UK|
|Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden, Key West|
|Nancy Forrester with her feathered friends|
|The verdant landscape inside the Butterfly Conservatory|
The Butterfly Conservatory is brilliant at any time, but especially so on a rainy day (and we had one when we were there), so we were delighted to take cover in this fantasy world of fluttering wings (as were all the other adults we saw there). There's something magical about this number of butterflies in one place and every time I go to a butterfly garden, I'm transported back to my youth! I've been lucky enough to visit two others this year - the Montreal Botanical Garden and the Niagara Botanical Garden which also has a Butterfly Conservatory. It poured with rain the day we were there too!
|What you see when you lie by the pool at the Gardens Hotel|
|One of the many polydactyl cats at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum|