An evening in May

35 thoughts on “An evening in May”

  1. Cathy, your garden has sprung into life and looks wonderful, you must be very proud of your hard work and what a difference from the last time we saw these views. Your photography is lovely too.

    1. Thanks for the compliments! It always seems such a short time in spring before there’s bare earth and then it’s all covered, doesn’t it?

  2. The garden looks absolutely beautiful – those long views are really spectacular, the roses climbing along the stone walls are a perfect complement, but I really love the featheriness of the fennel and nigella around the rose border – it is like froth and is wonderful!

    1. Cathy, you are a miracle worker/gardener! What you have achieved in such a short time… Fantabulous. Beatrix

    2. Matt – I’ve been having a little trouble replying to you. Don’t know what’s not behaving. But thanks so much – the fennel and the nigella are my favourites too!

  3. Fantastic. If these are your ‘difficult’ photos, then I can’t imagine what the good ones will look like!
    I’m so glad you found the time to do an update, it’s amazing how far your gardens have come along in such a short time, and on top of all the growth your combinations and selections are really exceptional. Don’t let me visit, I’m afraid I would stay far too long.
    I see a glimpse of the new table in your first photo. It looks great and I hope you will be enjoying many an hour relaxing with a glass of wine there as well.
    Can’t wait to see the new pergola, there’s a good possibility I will be stealing that idea!

    1. You would be so welcome to come and relax and enjoy our new table! Acquiring it seemed to be the first stage in a new kind of social life. We never imagined the time we would spend down there!

  4. Cathy, this all looks magnificent! There is sooo much to see and admire. And lovely too for me to see Rosa Munstead Wood looking stunning as I’ve just planted two in my one of my new beds.
    Definitely time to take a break and admire your hard work – cheers!

    1. I don’t think you’ll regret ‘Munstead Wood’ (if that’s the colour you love – and I do!). I’ve planted about 39 roses here so far in 4 years and I love many, many of them – but that’s the one that consistently gives me pleasure, no matter the weather or what anything else is doing!

  5. Your garden looks stunning, thanks for the tour Cathy. What a lot you have achieved. I love your colour schemes and the thoughtful way you have grouped your plants. Lovely photos which really give a feel for the place. We are a bit behind you here the roses have hardly started.

  6. So pretty, such abundance, yet – yes – very neat and tidy! I’m really enjoying following your garden. Now I think I need something silvery grey for the balcony…

    1. So glad you are enjoying – I know I always enjoy your balcony (although am a bit rushed off my feet to have visited recently). Looking forward to your touches of silvery grey.

  7. Cathy your garden looks beautiful, I love your rose walk, it must smell divine too with all the mix of aromas and perfumes, I can understand your joy when looking at the part of your garden you carved out of nothing, I know the feeling and sometimes when I feel I’m getting no where I remind myself of what it was like before I started, I love the misty photo with the alliums and nepeta, enjoy your wine and garden, Frances

    1. Frances – thanks for your kind comments. Yes, I think we all deserve regularly to remind ourselves of how much we’ve created out of nothing. And blogging – both as a diary for ourselves and the nice feedback we get from others – really helps, doesn’t it? Enjoy your own garden and wishing you lots of sunshine!

  8. Just wonderful. I love the roses against the old stone wall, and all those plants that catch the light. Also the Alliums, Nigella, ‘Seven Hills Giant’ are fantastic together – and you can’t have too many red poppies (so be careful pulling them out).

    1. Your reminder about weeding too much is very appropriate Jason! Perceptive of you! The poppy reds look so perfect with the blues and bronzes that I always think of an area that Monty Don (do you know of him – gardening presenter on BBC?) calls the ‘Jewel Garden’ at his own place. The touch of red seems to make the other colours sparkle.

      1. Ah well … I think he used to make jewellery – he wrote a book about his Jewel Garden. Now presents our Friday night dose of gardening on the BBC’s ‘Gardener’s World’

  9. Just beautiful and the setting is quite magical. Can’t get over how much the garden has changed and things have grown in such a short period. Hope you find plenty of time to emjoy it with a glass of wine 🙂

    1. Thanks Annette – enjoying it is our priority, now that we are over the horrors of the first two years with everything being eaten!

  10. How beautiful. I spent four days in France last week and this post has brought back a little warmth and sunshine on this wet, grey and windy Cork day!

  11. Oh I think I might book myself into your B&B next summer just to smell all the roses – I could almost imagine their scent looking at the photos. It is beautiful, you must be so proud of the garden.

    1. Helen – you must have second sight! We are not yet a B&B, but that’s the way we are going. Hopefully next year. But you’d always be most welcome.

  12. Oh it looks wonderful! How I envy all your colour and the look of an established garden. And I can only imagine the wonderful fragrance. Sigh. One day!

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