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How does your garden grow?

garden party selfieWe spent Bastille Day (14th July, also my Dad’s birthday *raises glass to sky*) at a local gardens where they were holding a garden party. There was live music in the afternoon, you could take your picnic and there were games in the gardens too.

I, naturally, got dolled up in my best garden party outfit (which wasn’t overly wonderful because I don’t have a huge amount of clothes that fit now I’m fat…but I’m working on that, anyway…) which consisted of a yellow dress, pink leggings, a white cardigan and a summery hat.

It had been a while since we’d been to these gardens, we used to go quite regularly, taking guests a lot, and then we stopped, I’m not sure why. It’s a shame because they’re so beautiful, they even have a maize maze there in summer, only a small one mind! They’ve actually been done up somewhat since we last went; the entrance has moved and is now fancy pants, and the parking is right by the entrance, whereas you used to have to walk down the road from the car park.

But back to the garden party…

There was skittles, boules, tennis, badminton and, of course, croquet!

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In amongst all the stunning flowers were benches for you to sit on while you took in the beauty that nature has to offer.

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We discovered a bug hotel, at least I think that’s what it is…
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And these blue flowers took my breath away.blue flower

There are little paths around the garden, some hidden and some larger and more visible.jardins des renaudies

And I found this amazing pinky coloured flower too which I love!pink flower



  1. Mammasaurus

    Ah that blue hydrangea is stunning! The blue ones are my fave of all. What a nice setting for a garden party, can’t beat a bit of boules and Pimms 😉
    That’s one impressive bug hotel they have there, we keep meaning to make one but I am one of these people that has plenty of ideas but rarely the motivation to see them through!

    Thanks for joining in again lady in the lovely hat x

  2. Merlinda Little

    Aww you have seen lovely blooms! I love the bug hotel too (And yes I think it is one). We have one here as well but not a lot of bugs are staying yet. #hdygg

  3. Kriss MacDonald

    How wonderful – it’s so quintessentially British to enjoy a day out like this in a garden full of blooms. Like Annie the bug hotel has reminded me that I need to start working on the one planned with my kids!

  4. Claudia

    what a great way to spend the day. loving that bug hotel!

  5. Jean

    Love the bug hotel and the blue hydrangea! Looks like the perfect place for a garden party.

  6. Ness

    What a stunning blue hydrangea. I saw one at my village’s gala last week (not as blue as that one) and it was £25. I decided against buying it!

  7. Catherine @ Growing Family

    What a beautiful garden, I’m loving the old-fashioned garden games too. I too am guilty of failing to create a bug hotel, we have an old pallet down at the allotment just waiting to be transformed – we’ll get round to it one day!

  8. chickenruby

    I’ve never seen a blue hydrangea, that shade of blue before, I wonder if it has something to do with the soil

  9. Amanda

    The gardens are gorgeous!
    And the blue hydrangea, how stunning is that!

  10. sam@happyhomebird

    I would love a blue hydrangea, they are stunning. Looks a gorgeous garden to explore and bonus that there was a party on too.

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