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Friday, 11 October 2019

Tulip Top Gardens 2019

I showed you some of the hundreds of photos I took at these delectable gardens a few weeks ago in this post.  I have finally got off my fundament and chosen some more to share.

There will be a myriad of photos and not a lot in the way of text.  I think these gardens speak (loudly) for themselves.

It is a long walk, a tiring walk and more than worth while.

So, as I so often say, come wander with me.














 There was a river of white primulas under some trees, and I smiled to see the purple interlopers.








 My own garden is much less ordered (which is the way I like it) but I am beyond impressed at the effort and display.  I particularly like the underplantings to set off the tulips.


101 comments:

  1. Just beautiful! I'm not about to post what I see along my walk. Well, I did see some real honest to goodness dung beetles. A first for me. They were rolling right along. A partnership in motion.

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    1. nothoughtsnoprayersnonothing: I don't think I have ever seen dung beetles - and if I did I didn't recognise them. I would love to see yours. They fill a much needed role.

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    1. natalia20041989: They are, aren't they. They smell and sound great too.

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  3. Oh my gosh it’s sooo beautiful, the colours are amazing, it’s beautifully designed as well, I agree with your style of gardening, less orderly 😉 but I love to go visit such beauty all in a row,, thankyou for bringing us this today,

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    1. laurie: Not only do I like my disorderly garden, I couldn't/wouldn't maintain an orderly one. Just the same, like you I appreciate looking at this one.

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  4. Those feathery tulips are divine!

    What beautiful colours and pairings. Those folks know what they're doing, don't they? We are more of the "wild" variety of gardeners, too, in our tiny gardens, but it really is impressive to see the orderly layouts in these photos.

    Thank you, EC. More? she said hopefully . . .

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    1. jenny_o: I really like the fringed/feathery tulips too. I have a few in the garden at home as well. It is the underplanting which blows me away.
      And yes, there is a LOT more, but I will see whether others would like to see it before I put up another Tulip Top post.

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  5. You are a pleasure in my life, dear

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    1. Cloudia: What a lovely thing to say. Thank you.

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  6. Nature's gifts - just, wow.
    Thank you, EC.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: There was rather a lot of human intervention in this display - but definitely WOW.

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  7. Wow, what beautiful gardens. To drink all that beauty must be intoxicating.
    Thanks for sharing what you saw on your garden walk.
    Hugs, Julia

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    1. Julia: It is intoxicating. I am so very grateful that we discovered these gardens over ten years ago, and even more grateful for the gardeners' vision, diligence and persistence.

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  8. Dear EC
    Oh my goodness, these gardens do not disappoint! Beautiful colours and wonderful blossom. Thank you so much for sharing - what a joy!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Aren't they lovely. It would be wonderful to wake up to these gardens. And to see them at dusk and dawn. A small replayment for the owner's work.

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  9. Oh wow, absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing your spring with us :)

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    1. DeniseinVA: It was a pleasure. As we enter the sweaty season I am looking forward to cooling images from your side of the world.

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  10. I am sure I would enjoy your garden, but I suppose there is a bit of an imperative to have public space a little more manicured and orderly. I view my backyard, which I keep within the bounds of what is needed in a subdivision, as a haven for wildlife and that is my first priority.

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: Manicured and orderly has its place. I plant for me, for the birds, for the bees, for the lizards... And I like thinking that we all benefit (though as you know I would rather not encourage the vandals. If they ate their plunder I wouldn't mind - much).

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  11. Just glorious! Ahhh...spring! Lucky you!

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    1. Marie Smith: I hope you don't feel I am rubbing your nose in it.

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  12. Wow. So lovely - the bee on the blossom; all those gorgeous tulips; the white primulas...
    My primulas are rain-sodden and wind-battered *sigh*
    Thank you!

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    1. Alexia: A lot of our garden is wind and bird battered. Rain has been promised, but the forecasters are strangers to the truth.

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  13. This is incredibly beautiful. I don't ever recall seeing so much beauty in one place before and I agree on the underplantings, they do a marvellous job of enhancing those tulips!

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Wisewebwoman: I am blown away by the vision and the sheer work involved each and every year. My garden is MUCH smaller, not nearly as ordered and too much for me.

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  14. I'm a bit lost for words at the beauty. What wonderful things humans can create.

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    1. Andrew: Oh yes. One family, and no government funding. I am awed and grateful.

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  15. I do like how the trees are strung together by flower beds.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: They make excellent use of the 1000 blossom trees they have planted don't they?

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  16. I think they shot part of The Wizard of Oz there.

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    1. Powdered Toast Man: And why not? It is a beautiful, beautiful place.

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  17. Forsythia! It's all lovely, of course,but some things just tweak my memory.
    Thank you. (How's the neighbour's Forsythia?)

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    1. dinahmow: They have planted a whole lot more forsythia this year. In years to come rather a lot of the gardens will blaze with it. The neighbours forsythia is lovely - and I will send you a photo shortly.

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  18. Truly beautiful captures, EC!

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    1. Bill: Thank you. It would be hard not to take beautiful photos there.

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  19. Picture me just sitting here, drinking in the beauty. I love the river of white primulas and the bees.

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    1. River: There were a LOT of people drinking in that beauty. And some of us (me) were quite drunk with it.

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  20. Hi EC - they are stunning ... I love all the photos - and close-ups ... just gorgeous and must be marvellous to be amongst. Wonderful white primulas - love them, used to grow them in South Africa ...

    I expect the plants chosen are selected for their conservation advantages ... birds and bees to love ... and I'm sure the surrounds allow for other insects et al ...

    Just wonderful though - especially from a wind-blown UK heading towards its winter wonderland (I hopeth not!!) ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: It is a few years since I have grown primulas, and that white river reminded me to try again next season.
      I hope your autumn (and winter) are gentle.

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  21. I so enjoy wandering through the gardens with you. Such beautiful colors. Such beautiful flowers. Thanks for taking us along.

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    1. Mason Canyon: It is my pleasure, and I am glad (and grateful) that my obsessions don't bore people to sobs.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: As I am so often at the beauty on your side of the world.

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  23. So. Very. Beautiful. Thank you for taking me along on this walk through the tulips. :-)

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    1. DJan: Isn't it incredible? And rather a lot of other superlatives.

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  24. WOW...I am absolutely dazzled by such beauty!
    I have never seen so many stunning colours.
    Oh thank you so much for sharing!😊😊

    Have a super weekend!

    Much love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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    1. Ygraine: Thank you. I think all of us were dazzled by the beauty. And so very grateful.
      I hope your weekend is happy and healthy. Hugs.

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  25. OOOh. So absolutely worth the walk!

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    1. Uglemor: That is what we think (and say) each and every year.

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  26. That walk would be heaven’ish.

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  27. Wow, Wow, and WOW!! Each and every picture is breath taking. What a lovely garden. I would love to walk and see it myself. You did a wonderful job with the close ups and the details of some of those flowers. The tulips with ruffled edges......gorgeous. The under plantings do indeed set off the tulips.

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    1. Sandy: It is an incredible place and I smile as we leave the house to go to it, and keep smiling. And smiling. And smiling some more.

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  28. I am so grateful to see these beautiuful flowers. The arrangements are amazing. Your photography allows me to dream and feel like I'm there.

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    1. Myrna R.: Thank you. On dark days or dark moods I revisit photos from Tulip Top Gardens and bask in the beauty.

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  29. Gorgeous! I'd wander with you any day, dear lady. I can almost smell the heady scent of all those flowers from here.

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    1. Susan: I would very happily wander and laugh with you. Good luck with the challenges Smarticus and you are facing.

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  30. Beautiful garden. You have a very good camera and you also have a keen eye to compose the shots.

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    1. gigihawaii: Thank you. These gardens are so lovely I think it would be difficult NOT to take beautiful photos.

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  31. Simply W O W !
    I loved your post, a most beautiful garden.
    Thank you so much for doing the long and tiring walk, it certainly was more than worth while :)

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Wow, amazing, incredible are words we hear a lot at these gardens. We say them too.

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  32. Fotografie stupende.
    Buona serata.

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  33. Lovely lovely gardens and so much work, I like things a bit on the wild side but that is because I'm lazy.
    Merle.............

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  34. Oh my goodness that is beyond a gorgeous spring!

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: In that garden, in that hidden valley, I have never seen a spring which wasn't beyond gorgeous.

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  35. Beautiful gardens, the first one is the best, but, I am a messy tike, overtaken by weeds, ha ha ha.

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    1. Bob Bushell: I am also overtaken by weeds. And didn't see any in their garden beds. They are much harder working than I am.

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  36. That is absolutely beautiful!

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    1. Kim: Isn't it? An annual treat for us, and a heap of hard work for the family concerned.

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  37. I was looking forward to seeing this post - from the "teaser" you gave us recently - and it surely doesn't dissapoint.

    What a wonderful place and it's obvious the walk, albeit tiring, was worth it:)

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    1. Mark Koopmans: It has yet to disappoint us. We have gone early in the season, we have gone late, and we marvel. And appreciate.

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  38. I have taken the walk with you, and I am amazed by and in love with the beauty of nature and what human gardeners can do with her gifts. Thanks for this pleasure.

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    1. J C: I am so glad that so many other people appreciate with me the hard work this family puts in.

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  39. Oh my. Heart stoppingly beautiful. What a wondrous treat.

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  40. What an amazing place! I would love to walk there with you "for real", but I'm glad that you took us along via your photos. Such an extraordinary labor to put all these bulbs in the ground, to design such beauty - and seeing it coming out like this must be such a reward.
    Once, when we still living in Germany, we visited a "garden show" in Graz, Austria. It was spring as well, and the displays were outstanding and truly amazing. If I had something like that here, I would go there every year as well.

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    1. Carola Bartz: I do hope that they can see and appreciate the beauty. In my own garden I have to admit to seeing the work which is needed rather than the results of earlier work. Which is one reason I take the camera on my garden wanders, to capture the beauty I might not otherwise see.

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  41. Such pretty photos! I want to visit your country some day. What's your favorite season there?

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    1. Mildred Ratched: Any season except summer. I admit that it too has beauty, but it is just too hot and unpleasant for me to spend any time in it.

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  42. You're so good at wandering! My favorite image is the yellow and purple flowers that intersect the solid colored banks to the left and right.

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    1. John Wiswell: I seem to do a lot of (slow) wandering. I changed my favourites many times over the course of the day. Awe and wonder.

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  43. What beautiful photos! They made me happy - our part of the globe is fading into fall now. We have some lovely bright red and gold leaves, but I still prefer spring!

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    1. Diane Henders: I am a big fall of autumn, both for the arboreal fireworks and for the relief from the relentless heat of summer. I like our wimpy winter too. And of course Spring.

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  44. Lots of work, yes, but so beautiful in the end. Of course, a person or people who labored like that, to create such artistry with flowers, would want to share it with everyone on earth I would think. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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    1. Strayer: I am in awe of their dedication (and so very grateful they DO share).

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  45. Every time you show pictures of this place, i am astounded all over again!

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