I've always wanted to visit Stonor house and when I saw that they do a Christmas at Stonor event, I knew that was the moment. I went with a dear friend, we had a two nice cups of teas with cake, of course, at the lovely pantry, before we visited the house. It's not allowed to take pictures there, as the house is private, so I won't be able to show anything form inside the house, of the Christmas decoration, all the wonderful details, the festive greenery, the Christmas trees, the fire roaring in the fireplaces.. Just magical! I can't wait to go back for their open gardens in the Summer. On the way home I stopped at the wee church of Pishill. What a beautiful corner of the world this is.
This year again, I tried to create an Advent wreath that is somehow related to garden(ing). Well, it's not exactly a wreath but it has four candles that I put in my precious tiny pots. We'll light the first one soon, at dinner. Four weeks to Christmas.
I met Justine a few month ago. She was picking flowers and she kindly let me take her photographs. Then on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, she invited me over for a cup (or two) of tea and we discussed the details of a very important future event of hers. I did bring the camera as I had the feeling that she has a beautiful garden (I was right) and a very inspirational studio (I was right here too) where she creates her beautiful art work - this way. I'm hoping to go back soon to take real story telling photos of her working in her studio. Until then, let me share with you some beauties I found there. What a magical, peaceful and very inspirational place. I absolutely can't wait to go back!
When dahlias are in full bloom, you know that Autumn is not far. Very happy times. This colour is my favourite at the moment of all dahlias at Green and Gorgeous flower farm where I'm lucky enough to photograph throughout the year. So I'll show you many more photos next year :)
I immediately fell in love with these snapdragons when I saw them at Floret Flowers. The seeds came straight from America, how very exciting! These colours are so beautiful and the flowers, as every snapdragon, are easy to grow and if you keep deadheading, they will flower for ages. Beautiful, simple flowers.
Before she moved from the village, she asked me to take some last pictures of her garden. Her beloved roses were not yet in bloom then but I think I managed to capture the atmosphere of the garden. When she got the photos, she sent me this message: Eva, these are SO lovely. What a talented woman you are! I am just delighted to have such a beautiful record of my garden. You’ve picked all my favourite plants! Very touched and grateful! I was very touched too. And here I share some of the photos with you.
Although I photograph other people's gardens more often than mine (this is when some say #lovemyjob), whenever I get a quiet moment, I still enjoy getting lost in my own garden with the camera. We had a particularly cold Spring but then, just in the past few weeks, everything suddenly came alive and the garden is finally all green and exciting. Although our country lanes are covered in cow parsley, I love growing them in my garden and would not for a second consider them as weeds. I absolutely love wispy plants and what I love the most is how the flowers grow together, embracing each other.