Post Comment Love 26-29 August 2016

Hello there and welcome to another Friday and a Bank Holiday edition of Post Comment Love. We'll keep the linky open until 11pm on Monday so if you're out and about and enjoying yourselves - and I hope you are - then hopefully you'll still find some time to link up.  And even if you're not out and about, there's time to take it a bit more leisurely in the heat we've had.

It's been lovely, and we are being spoilt. But hasn't it been warm?!  This week I've made a few discoveries, and if I get the time I hope I'll write a post on that, but in the meantime I've linked what I discovered on the other side of the fence in the Flower Garden on my daily walking commute.

Photo credit: Unsplash

Photo credit: Unsplash

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A diversion through the Flower Garden

Last week I told you about my new commute through Greenwich Park and how I was clocking up those steps. Well that's still happening but a week and a half in, curiosity got the better of me and I was keen to see what was on the other side of the fence in the Flower Garden. So yesterday on the way home I took a little diversion to see what was behind the banana leaves where I usually turn right.

And as I expected there was a riot of colour with dahlias and coleus.

yellow dahlia
A riot of coleus

I had to smile at all the colours and even more so when a cheeky squirrel popped his head up out of the begonias, almost indignant at being disturbed. And of course once he spotted my iPhone he didn't pop up any more...

So I moved onto these gorgeous yellow flowers, I've a feeling they could be rudbeckias, but I might be wrong. 

rudbeckia

And then there were the echinaceas. So many colours too, and it's easy to see why they're often called cone flowers isn't it?

echinacea
more echinacea
and yet more echinacea
they look like hydrangea

So curiosity satiated, now I know what's on the other side of the fence.  Normal service can once more be resumed. Well until I get itchy feet to see another part of the park! 

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The Garden of the Apprentices

It's very green, has lots of hedges and yes, I loved it! Oh and by the way we're still on the Cheverny bit of our Loire trip, but this is the last post from there - and well, I couldn't not show you the hedges, could I?

This was our view as we left the chateau, with the lawn cutting going on on our right we were met with this view. I don't think it's one you could tire of. Unless you were in charge of cutting the hedges here, then it might turn into the stuff of your nightmares!

Leaving the chateau heading towards the Orangerie at Cheverny

This is the Garden of the Apprentices and I tell you I wouldn't want to be an apprentice that got a bit over enthusiastic clipping here, would you? 

A large spherical shape
And pointed shapes too bending around the curve

Many people would just walk through this garden, but I loved it. I loved its greenness, the textures and the shapes and shadows with just a few plants. I find the topiary we have - three box balls and a triangular yew tree - therapeutic to cut and snip. But here, I wonder if it might just be another job to do, or if it really is a labour of love?

It's green, but it's not boring

There's certainly lots to cut and keep under control. And as this photo shows layer upon layer of green, and texture, and interest. And a bench. Even the apprentices must need a seat every now and then.

A tree with a bench
And a fountain too

There was work going on during our visit - you can just peek the machinery at the end of this magnificent arch - and this path was closed. We were diverted around this and so got to view it from the side. Something I suspect we wouldn't have done, had the path through it been open.

An ornate archway leading to the Orangerie
our view from the side

But it certainly gave us a different view of the iron structure and the plants clambering across it, which I think were wisteria. Now wouldn't that be something to experience when it was in full flower? Especially with the alliums along the edge picking out the colour. Sadly no wisteria on our visit, but we were able to enjoy the allium border.

An allium border

And before we knew it we were at the Orangerie - now a cafe - so we sat a while and enjoyed the view. And watching people trying to walk down through the arch *completely innocently* before being turned back and made to observe the closed path signs. He he, people watching is still one of the best things to do wherever you are!

Enjoying a seat and a view at the Orangerie