Saturday, July 18, 2015

Jackie's Garden. . . . . . . . . . . .

My granddaughter Jasmin enjoying the evening in Jackie's garden in Torquay, Devon.

This is my dear forever friend Jacqueline, usually called Jackie. As mentioned in 
a previous post, we gals met before birth when our mums were friends and pregnant 
with us at the same time!  
My previous visit to Jackie's home was a few years back and she was faced with 
quite a mess of a garden - she won't mind me saying that as, after 71 years as 
friends, we can talk like that without hurting feelings, right?
I was overwhelmed this visit when I saw that a most beautiful English garden
had evolved, thanks to some excellent landscaping/hardscaping, and obviously a 
great plantsman who knew the perfect plants for her space.

Jackie - it's a really fabulous garden now and I hope you are out there 
enjoying the weekend surrounded by beautiful blooms.

The kiss of the sun for pardon
The song of the birds for mirth
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth

"God's Garden" - Dorothy Frances Gurney - 1858-1932


  1. Good Morning Mary, What a wonderful, tiered garden your friend Jackie has. It must have been such a pleasure to wander around enjoying all the plants. I love Antirrhinums as they remind me of my childhood. What an ingenious idea, to use an old iron gate to allow the flowers of the Spirea to grow through the gaps.
    I am a keen gardener so I really enjoyed walking around Jackie's garden. Please thank her for allowing me that pleasure.
    Best Wishes

  2. Beautiful gardens and beautifully photographed.

  3. She does have a beautiful garden! I wanted to reach through the screen and pluck a strawberry!

  4. Your friend Jackie has a beautiful garden. There are a few things there I don't recognize. It's lovely. I hope you are keeping cool in the heat and humidity there, Mary. Hugs. Pam

  5. Jackies garden is delightful and has both beautiful and unusual plants. I am sure she will be pleased when she sees how expertly you have shown it off.
    My 16 year old granddaughter has a friend who shares the shame friendship having been around together since before birth too. Even though they go to different schools they seem to have an amazing affinity with one another - I wonder if their friendship will last for over 71 years too? I would like to think that it would.

  6. It's a garden to be very proud of.

  7. What a stunning garden! How wonderful to spend time with your lifelong friend!

    And Jasmin is simply gorgeous herself!


  8. Mary, Jackie's garden is indeed lovely. I wish I could wander her pebbled paths. Thanks for sharing.

  9. What a beautiful garden - the flower photos are divine. A lovely garden for sitting and pondering.

  10. Mary, what a beautiful garden!! Your granddaughter's photo in the frame of the trellis, was just gorgeous!! I have to admit tears came to my eyes at the end, my Nana had that quote in her garden always. I love that quote!! Thanks for sharing!!

  11. A beautiful garden, a beautiful granddaughter, a beautiful poem, what a lovely post!

  12. What a beautiful garden. How fun for you to see the improvement and for Jasmin to also enjoy this amazing garden.

  13. Hello Mary,
    What a beautiful visit to Jackie's garden. Such an interesting variety of plants, and I long to learn how to plant such a rich looking bed of mixed flowers and shrubs. Lovely photos of Jasmine exploring the garden. She fits right in.



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