Becky’s September Challenge

It’s another square month and for September Becky has chosen pink, this is what she says.

‘In the Pink’ – means perfect condition or in good health, so that could be human or not!
‘Tickled Pink‘ – means delighted, so I’m thinking happy, fun and of course delighted. That could be you or the subject of your photograph.
Pink – you can of course simply share anything that is coloured pink
There is an extra challenge for those of you up for it – can you manage to combine two of these, or maybe even all three?

So I thought this would be easy because I like pink, but most of the pink photos I have are of flowers. I expect we’ll all share quite a few and that’s what I’m kicking off with.

Much as I love all roses, there’s something very special about single ones and this is a gorgeous colour, what do you think? perhaps you prefer the most sophisticated varieties?

If you didn’t know about Becky’s challenge, take a look and join in here, #InthePink

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The Beginning and End of a Garden Day

Last Sunday my friend picked me up to take me for a birthday trip. It was a very grey day, and the direction we took meant that the forecast rain was inevitable. It was quite odd to be in the passenger seat, Sue isn’t an enthusiastic driver so I’m usually behind the wheel even in her car. This is the road across Dartmoor.

Dartmoor roadIt doesn’t look promising does it?

Our actual destination doesn’t have any café facilities, and it was already 11.45 so we stopped off at Buckland, for coffee and halfsies on a piece of Bakewell tart.

beamsThe restaurant at Buckland has the most interesting old beams.

bucklandNational trust plant centres are always tempting but I knew there would be more interesting choices later on.

Now just play nicely together for a little while, because I’m not taking you where I went just yet, there are too many photos and I have to try to choose some okay ones from the endless blurred rainy day ones.

Three hours have passed and we’re back at Buckland, too late for a hot lunch or sandwich, but starving, thank goodness for a cheese and onion pasty! Then it’s outside for a stroll. It’s still grey but here are some cheerful stars.

dah1and a pretty garden wall and fence.

over the fence

with a very formal Elizabethan garden.

gardenThe last time I visited Buckland Abbey it was April and there wasn’t much to see in the garden at all. This time I mainly saw purple, pink and magenta.

Even around the corner in the border to the side of the Abbey.

border

Thank you Buckland for providing the contrast in the middle of my day!

June Roses

Jude’s garden challenge theme this month is the ‘Essence of Summer’. At the weekend I went to Northernhay, a park in the centre of town that I hadn’t been to for years. i don’t even remember it being planted as abundantly, but the borders were a credit to the gardeners, and they made my heart sing, especially the roses.

Visit Jude for some fragrant lilies, to see what others are posting and perhaps to join in.

Rosemoor Roses

Rosemoor is famous for its spectacular rose garden and is much visited in June for that very reason. I didn’t make it this year, but today I visited to see what was in bloom and was thrilled to see that the roses are having a wonderful second flush.

Just is case you think I’ve captured a few isolated flowers, here are a couple of the beds.


Aren’t they beautiful? From the amount of buds, it looks like there will be a good display for at least a couple of weeks, so if you’re in the area, go and enjoy the fragrance and colour.