Sunday, 1 June 2008


Brrrr… it was cold and foggy

This morning the first day of Winter greeted us with some fog.

This is what I saw from my front door

I love the white trunks of the young Silver Birch trees

My poor standard Iceberg Roses are starting to look yucky.
There are still plenty of flowers but the leaves are not looking the best. Not long and they will be severely cut back/pruned

The Nandina Domestica or Dwarf Bamboo has a beautiful red leaves

This poor little Camellia Sasanqua Fukuzutsumi bloom looks like it is trying to wrap itself up and stay warm

I love the misty drops left on the plants by the cool of the night

I can't wait for this Camellia Japonica to burst and show me its beautiful crimson blooms

Now that Winter is upon us my Japanese Maple has lost nearly all of its leaves and is showing us its beautiful red bones.


celestina marie said...

Hi Alison, your garden is lovely inspite of the colder days and winter upon you. I loe your garden bench. I am looking for one like that. So nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by my blog. I so enjoyed my visit here and look forward to returning soon. Stay warm!! Happy Winter!
Celestina, la rea rose

Sugar Bear said...

Beautiful garden photos. Looks chilly for sure!

Dee Dee said...

The photos are beautiful. It was nearly 100 degrees here today so the fog looked lovely. :)

The Feathered Nest said...

Alison, your banner is just beautiful!! How strange it is to read of winter approaching as summer is surely here for us in America!! We are definitely on opposite ends of the earth! Your photos are just beautiful Alison...xxoo, Dawn (stay warm!)

Adeline Country Cottage said...

Hi Alison,

Your garden is still just beautiful, and I agree with you, I can't wait for mine to bloom too! at least one more time before I have to move out of my beautiful cottage. and I have to say not a fan of the cold, I'm sitting here at my PC and my feet are that cold I can't feel my toes, turn up the Thank -you for dropping by and your kind comments, and I also have to say I'm so glad I'm back I've missed talking to you and all the other lovely ladys. OOOOH I adore all your tea cup collection Stunning!!!!


Kari & Kijsa said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Have a blessed weekend!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Amy said...

You have a lovely garden and the nandina domestica is one of my most favourite plants. I DO love getting up in the morning and seeing the fog all around, kind of makes you feel all cosy inside :-)

Jen r. said...

Oh, It's still so pretty. I hope you can keep warm and enjoy the blooms! Jen R

Heather Grow said...

I have 2 birch trees in my front yard. Love them.

I hope your winter was like ours. I live in coastal southern california. We had little bits of moisture all winter long. No big storm just little sprinkles, usually at night. It made for a gorgeous spring. The wildflowers were amazing.

Gail McCormack said...

Boy was it ever foggy and cold this morning, I might add it hasn't improved all day. I love your garden photos and your description

Sue said...

I just love winter!! Everything in the garden just looks more vibrant with dew, and mist.Your garden looks lovely.

Lori said...

Alison, your pictures look so winters never look that good!!!

Annie said...

Beautiful garden pics Alison. We had heavy dew, but I didn't see any fog - maybe I wasn't up early enough!! It cleared to a lovely sunny day though. Perfect for the first day of Winter. Lovely to see some of your garden.

Tamy said...

I LOVE your iceberg roses, we have them as climbers, but I would really like to have some growing in some pots like you have in your front yard...
The pics are fab...

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Definitely a foggy morning......very mystical looking with the bare trees and the Rose standards still looking so good! I just love that picture!

:-) Rosie

Firefly Hill said...

Your garden looks lovely Alison!


Dolly said...

Aww... as your garden is getting ready for a long winters nap mine is waking up and celebrating summer time and sunshine!

Your photos are beautiful!

Hugz, Dolly

bluemuf said...

Alison, Fantastic garden shots. I love the fog photo.

Have a lovely day

Heartinmyhand said...

We are starting our long hot summers in the desert.So that fog looks wonderful to me. Any type of moisture
Have a great week.

Paul Sears Photography said...

Wow - I can't believe it was so foggy on the first day of June! We've been lucky so far - usually June is very gloomy here, cold and rainy. But it's been OK so far this year (knock on wood). I enjoy your garden pics as well - my wife and I just spent the day at a public garden yesterday and it was so peaceful.


......Love the muted look to the photo's and what a lovely view you have!
I got a burn today just standing outside chatting with a friend!

Beverly said...

Nature certainly has beauty in all seasons. Your pictures are wonderful. I'm so glad you shared your beauty with us.

Cami said...

Enjoy your cold days as we begin to melt here. 100 degree days already... I would love a little walk in your garden in the fog.

Sherry said...

I don't mean to sound dumb, but I didn't even think of it being winter there. I looked at your blog the other day and thought I was looking at an old post.

My mom was really ill over the winter with flu's and stuff and had been offered an all expense paid trip to Australia in February. She almost didn't go, but she had to cancel the year before because of some heart problems so off she went. She said it was summer there and she felt so much better within a day or so.
I never traveled so I am naive to seasons and such around the world.

Your garden still looks pretty though even in its cold stage! Thanks for all of your nice messages. I caught a flu bug and have just been sleeping and being sick. I will be better tomorrow!!! Have a wonderful day Alison!!

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

The flowers are beautiful so colorfull!
I wish it could stay spring or fall all year round!

Michelle said...

Your garden photographs are beautiful.. I love your view!


Cathy said...

Alison, Thank goodness winter is finally over here in New England, USA!

Wow, those frozen plants are so sad.


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

My favorite trees are the white birch trees! Your yard is so pretty, even with it misty outside. Love your Iceburg roses! Another fav!!


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Alison! You've got cold winter ~ we are just starting to get the hot TX heat!

You've got a beautiful view no matter what!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today & leaving sweet comments ~ yep, I hoarde, & then I "hide"!!

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

KarenHarveyCox said...

Alison, I remember that winter fog when I lived in Asia. Your garden still looks lovely. Our winter comes in like a lion killing any trace of flowers. Karen


Hello Alison,

Is it winter or fall down under?
I still love the photos though.

~ Gabriela ~

Mandii said...

Hi Alison, What a gorgeous veiw you have from your front door. Wow I love your garden, just beautiful!!
It has been freezing cold here too!! YUKKY!!! but I must say I prefer the cold to the heat! You can always rug up when it's cold. lets face it when it's hot there's only so much you can take off!! LOL hope you have a FAB week sweetie!!

Linda said...

Hi Alison, I love the fog and what a prety view you have of your yard. Your roses have been some of the prettiest I've ever seen. Your winter garden will be lovely too. Hugs, Linda

Sophie Rose Designs said...

I love your winter garden! It's still beautiful!!


Kerryanne English said...

Hi Alison,
Your winter garden looks lovely and don't the silver birch trees look pretty too.
Stay warm,

Just Between Us Girls said...

Dear Allison,
Thank you for always being faithful and publishing sweet comments in my blogs. I was thinking you could dry some of your roses(you probably already do this) Cut them in the afternoon when they are dry with no dew. Group them together with rubber bands(because they will contract as the rose drys) and hang upside down in a dry place. I do this with roses I receive and sometimes with my daughters pink roses in her yard.
They will dry and you can use them in potpourri or sachets mixed with lavender. Some of the fragrance will remain for awhile. Lots of things can be dried like this.

Blanca said...

Winter! I just love winter. It's been hitting close to 100 here in Texas so I'm a little envious of your foggy morning.

Keep warm.


Anna T said...

Wow winter and I am just getting into the non official summer!
Your garden is lovely and I can see you must take great care of it.

cherished*vintage said...

Hi Alison! What a beautiful foggy morning. Your birch trees are gorgeous. They're my favorite! I love seeing your seasons compared to ours.

Rosy said...

Love the look of the white trunks of the silver birch. We often get fog in our area too. I love Camelias, but somehow haven't planted any anywhere. Yours look fabulous!