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Wales

This week’s Lens-artist photo challenge is a special one as they are celebrating their first anniversary! So the choice is ours – so I thoughts I would post some photos of our recent visit to Wales.

Friendship – we made a new friend in Charlotte at Old Oak Barn, the self catering accommodation we stayed at. Charlotte has a beautiful garden and was so generous with her time, even sending me home with some seeds gathered from her garden to try. You can see more about Charlotte’s garden here.

Charlotte's Garden

Charlotte’s Garden

Imagination –┬áThe National┬áBotanic gardens of Wales is full of imaginative planting, beautiful sculptures and of course fabulous plants and flowers.

Connected – Wales is very well connected with its history, with many wonderful castle to visit and explore.

Wales is a lovely country full of great places to visit and friendly people.

Thank you to the Len-artists of their year of photo challenges. I look forward to the coming year.

 

 

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Charlotte’s Garden

We have just returned from our annual trip to Wales to see my husband’s family. When there, I always like to include a garden visit, and this year we were in for an extra treat as we stayed at self-catering accommodation at the Old Oak Barn, near St Clears, where we got to enjoy Charlotte’s garden every day.

Charlotte's Garden

Charlotte’s Garden

Charlotte has the most beautiful flower garden, but she also grows vegetables (which we also got to enjoy). Her garden is a riot of colour, form and scent.

Charlotte's Garden

Charlotte’s Garden

So I thought for this week’s Six on Saturday I would share some of the highlights from her garden.

  1. A pot full of pink cosmos greeted us.
Cosmos

Cosmos

2. Charlotte grows in mixed beds of flowers and vegetables. Every looks so healthy. And the lettuce and peas were delicious.

Vegetables

Vegetables

3. She had a couple of different poppies, which self-seed around the garden including this dark one and this really flouncy one.

 

4. She has beautiful roses, here are just two examples.

5. And her lupins, like my own, are popular with the bees.

Bee on lupin

Bee on lupin

6. She also grows teasel, which is another great wildlife plant being good for bees and later on for birds who will eat the seeds.

Teasel

Teasel

So that is my six and to finish just a few general photographs of Charlotte’s lovely garden. We all really enjoyed our stay at the Old Oak Barn and would recommend it for anyone looking for Self catering Accommodation in Wales. For more information you can following the link:

Old Oak Barn

West of Ireland Landscapes

Landscapes here in the west of Ireland can be dominated by grey, particularly in the winter months.

Lough Nafooey

Lough Nafooey

But the clouds can break to reveal those extra browns and greens.

West Mayo

West Mayo

And if you are lucky the sun will break through, and the clouds will play shadows with the ground.

West Mayo

West Mayo

And if you are near water you will get those amazing cloud reflections, as lake water doubles up as sky.

Lough with water lillies

Water lilies on lake