My summer begins and the garden is decked out in colour.

Come and join Sally, as she gives us a tour of her garden in Spain.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

We live in the mountains to the North of Madrid at 900 metres and whilst we get really cold nights during the winter months, summer and the more settled weather seems to take place around May 1st which is always a Bank Holiday here in Spain.

I decided to take an hour out after lunch and walk around my garden and take some photographs of our seasonal favourites. It may be the last year that we will be living in this house if we sell in the next few months and I wanted to make sure that I had some memories to takes with me.

I hope you enjoy the stroll with me.

This is the view from our front patio where we sit every evening after work is done to enjoy a glass of beer or wine and watch the swallows as they give a stunning aerial display


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U.S. Botanic Gardens

img_4397In April I visited the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington D.C. which is about 25 minutes from my home.

Even though I grew up in the area, this was the first time I had ever visited. It was a gardener’s delight!! The smells were intoxicating and everywhere I looked there were unusual plants and flowers I had never seen before. In fact, that was one of my favorite parts of my visit.

img_44581Here’s a bit of information about the Gardens: The U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington, D.C. is on the grounds of the United States Capitol. The conservatory is divided up into different rooms according to habitat. A few of these include: the jungle, the orchid room, medicinal plants, rare and endangered plants, the Children’s Garden, and world deserts. Outdoor gardens include a rose garden, a butterfly garden and the First Ladies Water Garden which is a water garden in memory of the First Ladies of the United States.