Diane in MN Messages: 2730 Registered: October 2008 Location: Twin Cities, MN, USA
Serious roses. Golly.
I LOVE the color palette in this planting. And I like rose arbors in public gardens a lot, but having had a man-eating rose arbor at my first house, I think not at home. In my climate, even roses hardy enough to be perennials are a lot easier to control, but I'm sure the potential remains.
We are currently in the midst of a grim heat wave, temps in the upper 90s and humidity to match, so many thanks for pictures of a cool wet garden! "The point of books is to have way too many but to always feel you never have enough . . . " Louise Erdrich
shalea Messages: 781 Registered: October 2008 Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, ...
Even the very wet pictures of Mottisfont are gorgeous, and I suspect gorgeous public gardens in the rain are very much like winter beaches here -- the resulting close-to-solitary enjoyment more than makes up for the less-than-optimal weather conditions.
EMoon wrote on Tue, 03 July 2012 22:35
I suppose shouting 'YOU! Is this your dog? LEASH it!" would be considered rude???
At that point it's about, in my opinion, minimizing potential injuries and therefore beyond concerns about rudeness. I'm very apt to shout in such circumstances "He [meaning my dog] isn't good with off-leash dogs!!" as I intercept and grab the loose dog myself. I know I'm likely to get bitten some day for grabbing a strange dog, but I can restrain my (blind) dog one-handed and hopefully prevent a fight which would likely result in a lot more damage all the way around.
AJLR Messages: 2566 Registered: September 2008 Location: England, UK
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Love the pictures. I was half-expecting to see one of a Souvenir de la Malmaison, doing its well-known impression of a dying swan in the rain - but perhaps the Mottisfont ones are too well behaved to try it on?
I like the picture of Peter walking away from the gateway. It reminds me of something from the Secret Garden. "Never let a computer know you're in a hurry."
Mockorange Messages: 163 Registered: January 2012 Location: England
Beautiful garden! There's always something about sopping wet gardens to my way of thinking (although I like them very well in the good weather too). I'm very discouraged with the rain at the moment. I am currently having my house re-roofed and I think I have picked the very worst couple of weeks all year to have it done.
Currently, I have no tiles on one side of the roof, only the felt and last night the water just felt down out of the skies to my considerable alarm. I needed to go take a shower but didn't quite like to because I didn't feel being in the shower was the optimum state of preparedness if the whole roof caved in.
The drainpipe for that side had got dislodged from its fixings during the work and the water (which was shooting out of it like a fire-hose) was missing the drain and flooding the path and front lawn when I dashed out to effect repairs. The garden's more or less flooded now and the scaffolding is sinking lower and lower into the lawn, as are the pallets of tiles. My only consolation is that it wasn't a very good lawn anyway and at least the rain is staying out of the house. Sigh!