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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tuesday Garden Party - Contrasting Views

For today's Garden Party, I thought I would contrast my own garden with a couple of the gardens we saw on vacation.

This is one of the gardens at Kensington Palace.  One of the Queen's many residences.

We fit in well, don't you think?

We also visited some of the beautiful gardens at Hampton Court Palace.  This is another of the Queen's official residences.

Some of the gardens were more relaxed - daffodils and crocuses everywhere.  Lovely.

Mostly, however, they were beautifully groomed and very precisely organized.

They have a lot of space, so can have gardens with quite different atmospheres.

That would be nice, don't you think?

They've even got the oldest and largest known grape vine in the world at Hampton Court Palace.

Overall, not bad I think.

Contrast my garden so far this year.

I've managed to remove the weeds from the beds, in preparation for planting.

I kept last year's tomatoes and a bunch of upcoming volunteers just in case the seedlings we planted never actually turn into plants.

The peas, hot peppers and strawberries are actually growing really well, so I don't want to do too much with them.

The same with the lemons and oranges.

Outside of that, not much progress.  The weather is starting to shape up, so I'm expecting a lot from this week.  ;-)

I love my garden.  And I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want the upkeep of the gardens at the palaces.

But still, I think it is good to be the Queen.

Hoping to show some progress in the next week - you'll have to stop back to see if I  have!

In the meantime, check out An Oregon Cottage for her weekly Garden Party.


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  1. Wow--what cool pictures from England--thank you for sharing! And I am entirely jealous of your overwintered(!) veggis--your weather is much warmer than what we have up here in SW Washington State. Take care!

  2. It would be good to be the Queen! But then you would have a staff of gardeners to help with the upkeep and you could just sit in your chair and admire those amazing gardens! It looks like you have some great citrus at your house. Good luck with the new garden. The beginning of the gardening year is always exciting!

  3. I am weak for those very symmetrical gardens. So much work, but so striking to my eye.

  4. Love the pics from England. Haven't been there since 1980. Your fruit trees are amazing!

    Thanks for visiting me at A Season for All Things. I'm your newest follower and look forward to enjoying more of your blog.

  5. It's all a matter of scale and size isn't it? While I can enjoy the majesty of large gardens, I'm glad I'm in charge of a much smaller one!