Old house garden round up: 6 on Saturday 21/10/17

It’s a quick round-up today of 6 things in my garden. Storm Brian is about to hit this afternoon but I took these this morning in the old house garden.

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I captured this lovely Red Admiral butterfly that seemed to follow me before settling on the wall.

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Tilly loves outside most of the time but likes to follow me when I’m in the garden as she likes a cuddle!

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The new rose garden is looking very Autumnal! I still love this new area though. My pumpkins are ready too.

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I moved this Hydrangea 3 weeks ago and was worried that it wasn’t happy but it seems to be fine now. Phew! I will trim it back in the Spring.

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The recent windy weather has blown the last of the Bramley apples off the tree!

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I took this last night as there was a beautiful sunset.

Well there we have it!

My 6 on Saturday.

This started over on the propagator’s blog

Happy Gardening! 🙂

#MyGloriousGardens October Round Up Post. Grab a coffee for a great read!

Here we are and I’m a little late with my round-up post as I’m recovering from flu. Like, proper flu so am wrapped up in bed with my laptop whilst I write this! After a week off work I’m feeling a bit better so thought I’d better get around to the blog!
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Anyway…moving along to the October Link Party…..
We had 14 linkers which is not as many as last month but heh? I’m sick right? so I’m ok with that! Thank you to everyone who did link up and comment on the other blogs.I’ve added a few lovely photos too…..love a great photo.

I’ve also gone back to using names if possible as it’s just so much nicer, don’t you think?

Karen

Karen is a regular linker over at thenextbestthingtomummy and linked a lovely post about collecting Autumn treasures with her little charges. As an Early Years teacher myself, I love getting outside with children and showing them the amazing things that nature holds. Thank you Karen. Do check out my Pinterest pages as I have loads of Early Years things that may interest you.

Paul

Hello again to Paul who also linked up last month. This month, Paul takes us to Tredegar House near Newport. I agree with Paul in that visiting gardens is a great way to inspire our own gardening and is one of the reasons I started this linky! I love the way he has gathered his own thoughts about the garden into useful ideas for our own gardens. Thank you so much Paul.

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Are you ready for a read of a few lovely blogs??

Sarah

Hello to Sarah; a new linker. What an uplifting post about the bulbs she has in containers in her garden. As she is in Southern Australia it is Spring there so it is so lovely to see her blooms whilst we are preparing for Winter here. The colours and underplanting she uses are truly inspiring. Do check out her wonderful website; I especially love the posts about her own garden. Wonderful.

Jane

Lovely Jane. How are you? Another linker from the Southern Hemisphere…we need your light and flowers here in the UK as it’s so dark today! In Jane’s post she delights us with Hybrid Musk roses and there are so many to choose from. I especially like the sound of ‘Cornelia’. As you know, I’m on the look out for some new roses to plant in the Spring so thank you for these ideas.

Brigid

Brigid has a new camera and in this lovely post,she shares some of her photos with us of her garden in September. Thank you Brigid for being a regular linker. I love seeing how your garden changes over the seasons. Do go and take a look at Brigid’s site. It’s a wonderful place to sit, read and stop a while over a coffee.

Gill

Hello again Gill….lovely to see you linking up. Gill shares a fun post about the mystery of who has been getting in the new orchard….great fun post. Do go over and read for yourself. I wonder if Gill did get to find the culprits!

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Here’sa wonderful Autumn canopy shot I took at the beginning of October to keep you interested!

Joshua

A lovely post about how Joshua will be preparing for the Spring this Autumn. He talks about the bulbs he will be planting and I agree with his choices; alliums. I love the showiness of alliums. Thank you Joshua for linking up again this month. I love seeing what you are up to in your garden.

Craig

Any post about food is ok with me! This is a great post by Craig about harvesting blackberries with his gorgeous dog, Mollie for company. Autumn gives us such wonders doesn’t it? I love blackberry picking don’t you? I think it’s just part of our country heritage in a way. I wonder what you made with all those blackberries, Craig? Yum!

Craig also posted about his trip to The Sussex Prairie garden using his RHS membership. I must admit, I haven’t heard of this garden so all the more reason to read this post! This is a must post if you love visiting gardens.

John

Great to see you linking this month, John. Six on Saturday is a great thing to get involved with other fellow garden bloggers. It’s a way of sharing 6 things that are happening in your garden at that moment on a Saturday and was started by The Propagator. It’s a fun thing to be involved in so thank you, John for linking your post.

Ann

Hello to lovely Ann, so glad to see you this month. I love this post about decorating pumpkins. I’m very into looking at flat lays on Instagram at the moment and so using mini pumpkins is key! Getting crafty with pumpkins and other Autumn harvest produce is such a great way to get children involved too. Thank you Ann for linking this.

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A gorgeous pumpkin flat lay for you……love these type of shots……

Thomas

Lastly, we have a post by Thomas. Good to see you here again, Thomas. Thomas linked a post about using a Wrist support whilst gardening. It’s true that many of us gardeners do not think about the overuse injuries that may occur when gardening. Thank you for linking Thomas.

Well there we have it! The October Round up post for #MyGloriousGardens.

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#MyGloriousGardens September Link-up Party!

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It’s time for the #MyGloriousGardens September Link up Party!

This is a link party for any posts about being outside, gardens, gardens you may have visited, garden product reviews, days out with you family to a place with a beautiful garden, summer garden posts….basically anything garden related!

The summer hollibobs are coming to an end and the children (and their teachers) are returning to school. I never know where the time goes in the summer holidays! It seems to have whizzed by!

I have visited lots of beautiful gardens in August but I have never been to anywhere as beautiful as Seville! I hope you will enjoy my post. I have also linked up a post about the jobs I plan to do this Autumn.

I can’t wait to read all your amazing posts! So get linking peeps!

Some Guidance for all your lovely linkers!

If are a new linker, the rules are simple…..just click on the blue link up button at the bottom of this screen and it will take you to a new page where you can copy and paste your posts.

If you would like, add the #MyGloriousGardens button to your post -you can find it in my sidebar (widget).

Tweet me @oldhouseinthes1 for a retweet. Retweet any posts you really love.

Spread the linky love by commenting on some of the other bloggers posts, including mine please. Please don’t link and run! It’s not what this party is all about. As a guide, try to comment on the post directly before your and one of the hosts post as a minimum.

I will comment on every post linked up and share on all my social media sites. I have discovered Sumbleupon this month and its directing LOADS of traffic my way! I will put all posts on Stumbleupon as well as Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook -do check out my pages. I always post a round up post after the link party has closed so that you get further traffic from that. What’s not to love!?

#MyGloriousGardens week 4. Let’s Link up!

Well, here we are and it’s week 4 of #MyGloriousGardens Link party! Thank you to all of you that have waited to Link up! It’s been a busy few weeks here in the old house.

As many of you know, I love my Gardens and Gardening! Summer is here and it’s time to celebrate all things garden related!

This Linky is to celebrate all garden photos and posts. Anything garden related can be posted. It may be a post about a great day out with your family, a garden you have visited, your garden, a garden product or an outdoor place you have visited. I don’t mind anything as long as it is celebrating a Glorious Garden! No posts about other Link parties please. I have posted 2 this week just because!

If you have never been to a Link party before it’s easy!

Here is a great guide to what a Link party is……what is a linky?

Just link up your post by clicking on the blue Inlink up button. Copy and paste the url of your post/s or photo in the first box. Then click on the second box and it will fill in automatically. Add your contacts or a – and you have done it! 

There are minimal rules (and I’m not really worried if you don’t all stick to them!).
1. Tweet me @oldhouseinthes1 for a Retweet.
2. Follow me on Twitter, on the blog and on Instagram.
3. Comment on my post and one other of your choice.
4. Spread the Blog love by reading and commenting on other people’s posts and I will read all posts and comment. I will share all on my social media sites.
5. Have fun!

 

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My Glorious Gardens series: Lacock Abbey Gardens in June.

Lacock Abbey is a National Trust property that started life as a nunnery and was last lived in by the Talbot family. It is also the birthplace of photography. Many films have been filmed here including Harry Potter, The other Boleyn girl and Wolf Hall. We have visited the Abbey many times but haven’t really wandered around the gardens so that’s what we did on this visit. We did wander into the Cloisters as they are particularly beautiful and interesting.

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The view of the Abbey as you enter to go in.

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This beautiful Gothic arch leads you into towards the Abbey.

The outside is absolutely stunning and you can see the history of the building in the different windows and architecture. As this is the place where William Henry Fox Talbot took the first ever photographic negative, there are lots of frames around the grounds for you to take photographs of you own. A fun idea for children I thought.

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If you have seen Harry Potter, you will know this corridor!

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The beautiful Cloisters

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Some of this part of the Abbey are 800 years old.

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This is the Sacristy, dating back to the 1230’s.

The gardens are laid out as parkland with rolling hills and fields. The house itself is surrounded by a Ha-Ha wall. We wandered into the Botanical Gardens and took some lovely photos here.

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Cottage style planting

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Beautiful delphiniums!

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I love the shades of blue of the different delphiniums.

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The bees were loving them!

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My delphiniums always get eaten by slugs…….

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I love the black centre to these delphiniums.

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In the greenhouse there was this huge vine and bougainvillea

We walked through the orchard and sat for a while before visiting the new rose garden.

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The orchard.

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The new rose garden.

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We sat for a while in this fabulous gothic seat.

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Beautiful, mature trees

Lacock Abbey can be combined to a visit to the village of Lacock. The whole estate, including the village, were gifted to The National Trust in 1944. It is a ridiculously pretty and unspoilt village with no overhead power lines giving it a timeless quality. There are a couple of great pubs and places to buy ice-creams. It also has a delightful “Stall on the wall”, a place to buy home-made cakes, meringues and jams all made by a local resident.

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How to make fabulous household compost to use in your garden.

We have a compost bin in the old house and we use it make fabulous, organic compost to put on the garden. They add vital nutrients to the soil to enable optimum growing conditions.

What benefits does compost have to my garden?

Your own compost will feed and condition your garden soil and can also be used for your pots or in growing your  own vegetables. It also is a great way to recycle kitchen waste so leaving less to go in your rubbish bags.

What can I compost?

      • Vegetables and fruit peelings/cores/skins. Banana skins are ideal for the compost.
      • Grass cuttings. Try to mix this with “dry” bits so that the compost doesn’t get too slimy. I put leaves on another pile to make leaf mulch.
      • Dry bits like paper, newspaper and cardboard such as cereal boxes, loo rolls and packaging. I strip mine up so that they can compost quicker.
      • Tea bags and coffee grounds (also good for dealing with slugs see my post

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  • Animal bedding such as straw and sawdust from a rabbit hutch. This does take longer to compost though.
  • Egg shells. We eat a lot of eggs in the old house so I also crush these up to discourage those pesky slugs and snails!
  • Lint from the dryer or washing machine. Animal hair or hair from hair brushes.
  • Ash from my fire. Some don’t add this but we don’t have too much so it can go in!
  • Old cut flowers. I chop these up into smaller pieces.
  • I also add Epsom salts to my compost as we are low in Magnesium here in Wiltshire.

What do I not compost?

  • Any meat or fish. This can attract rats.
  • Animal faeces. Ugh!
  • Weeds. I don’t add these because I don’t want to add their seeds to my compost.
  • Cat litter.
  • Nappies.
  • Old dog or cat food.
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My compost -you can see the layers.

How do I compost?

You can buy some great compost bins from most garden centres or DIY shops. They are often large, black bin looking things with a removable front panel. Put this is a place in your garden that is out the way. It won’t smell but they are not great to look at! Make sure they are placed ON THE OPEN GROUND. This is vital. The bottom of the bin must be placed onto the soil so that worms can get in. The worms are what are going to be doing all the work for you as decomposers! Put in your waste as and when you have it. I mix my bin contents every now and again to get the air into the compost and to allow the wet and dry pieces to mix. You can make your own compost area too like we have in the old house garden.

In about 6-8 weeks you will have lovely, crumbly compost that you can out into your garden! Simple! You can even compost in a small garden.

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Hubbie built our compost bin from old scaffolding planks!

Have a go! You plants will thank you (and so will the bin man and the planet!)

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Dottie & Primrose say hi. 🙂

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#MyGloriousGarden Linky week 2.

Hello and welcome to #MyGloriousGardens Linky week 2.

Thank you so much to the Linkers from last week.
We had 8 linkers. All posts were fabulous so I wont be picking favourites!

Crummymummy wrote about the development of her wildlife garden with Homebase plants. I loved her homes for hedgehogs and the way she involved her children. I will be following her new garden with interest.

wildaboutnauture linked her photography post about her garden. I love seeing what people plant don’t you? I loved her globe alliums.

CadyLuckLeedy shared her visit to The Gardens of Mainz in Germany. She and I have bonded over our visits to different gardens I think! Again, photos tells more than words sometimes and this post was all about that Magnolia in my opinion! Stunning.

Rivendellgarden This is John Kingdon’s site. He is a brilliant man in that he collates all the gardening blogs in one place for us all! I’m featuring this month so thank you John. Do pop over to his site to find out more.

OfftheEdgeGardening A lovely post about Gill’s revisit to a garden from her past with her Plant Heritage group. I love the way she has captured the weeping Irises.

Sowhatnow768 A fun post about the Linkers (I know her name but I think she would like to stay anonymous!) introduction of her chickens with fabulous names! I read this blog often and she always makes me laugh!

Msnubutterflies Such a fabulous post. How a garden became the daily inspiration for Shannon as she battles with MS. I love how uplifting this post was and how it made me see that the little things are as important. There is a part 2 to this post so I hope Shannon links again!

Watchingthedaisies posted 3 posts and all were Glorious! Thank you Brigid! I particularly love her post about The healing Power of Gardens and seeing her garden that she has transformed into a paradise! I agree that gardens and outdoor spaces can be so rewarding and calming. Brigid has a book out so she knows her stuff!

Thank you all again. I love all your posts.

Now for this week! You may link all garden related posts.It may be a post about a great day out with your family, a garden you have visited, your garden or an outdoor place you have visited. I don’t mind anything as long as it is celebrating a Glorious Garden! No posts about other Link parties please.

If you have never been to a Link party before it’s easy!

Just link up your post by clicking on the InLinkz button below.  Then press on the blue link button when it redirects you. Copy and paste your post or photo in the link. It will run for a week.

There are minimal rules.

1. Add the #MyGloriousGardens Linky button to the bottom of our post.
2. Tweet me @oldhouseinthes1 for a Retweet if you are on Twitter.
3. Follow me on Twitter, on the blog and on Instagram.
4. Comment on my post and one other of your choice.
5. Spread the Blog love and I will read all posts and comment.
6. Have fun!

Or you can join me on Instagram with your photos using the hashtag #MyGloriousGardens

Here is my Linky button to add to the bottom of your posts. Just select the code and paste it when you are in HTML on your post.

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10 ways to deal with slugs and snails in the garden without using chemicals.

Snails and slugs have eaten my Delphiniums again! They have also munched some of my vegetables and it’s quite a problem!

We garden without chemicals in the old house garden. We have pets but we also have a resident hedgehog as well as slow worms, bats, pond life and birds. We want to encourage this wildlife and using chemicals is not an option. I also think that if you have young children you should think very carefully about using chemicals.

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Slugs and snails are a nuisance in the garden

So how do we deal with slugs and snails?

1. Encourage wildlife that eat them! Make homes for hedgehogs, leave a wild patch, make homes for insects and make a hole in your fence so that hedgehogs can get in and out. See my post on how to create a wildlife garden Here

2. Make sure your plants are as healthy as they can be. Use mulch, make your own compost and water your plants regularly (using water from your water butt of course!)

3. Make raised beds surrounded by gravel to make it trickier for the snails and slugs to reach your vegetables in the first place.

4. Make beer traps. Basically put some beer into a jar or pot. It needs to be deep enough so they can’t get out. Put this amongst your vegetables. The snails and slugs like the yeast in the beer and will choose this over your plants. Tip the snails and slugs in the compost bin.

5. Use crushed egg shells or crushed pistachio nuts around the base of your plants. They don’t like it all over them when they move.

6. Use coffee grounds, sawdust, ash or sand around the base of your delicate plants. I’ve actually never found these work but some people swear by them!

7. Put out strips of cardboard at night and in the morning, you will find the snails and slugs underneath and you can pop them into the compost, cardboard and all.

8. Smear petroleum jelly around the base of plants in pots. The snails and slugs can’t cross the jelly to reach your plants.

9. Plant “sacrifice” plants such as lettuces. In other words, the snails and slugs will eat these instead.

10. If in doubt, go out! I go out in the early evening (with a torch…..🤔) And pick off the slugs and snails. I then put them where the hedgehogs live or straight into the compost bin.

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You don’t need chemicals to deal with snails and slugs.

I hope this post was useful to you!

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The old house garden: a weekly round up. 31st May 2017

Ive been so busy that I haven’t written the weekly round up of the old house garden! May is such a busy month in the english garden and the old house garden is no exception! It has grown so much since my last post that I am sure you will really see the difference.
Anyway, here are the photos!

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I only planted this border last year and it is looking at it’s best at the moment!

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The lupins are looking superb!

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The lupins (I have to pick off the snails and slugs every night!)

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Lupins close up

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A close up of Clematis Vyvyan Pennell

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Clematis Vyvyan Pennell climbing over the arch.

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Red oriental Poppy

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The rain has damaged my white oriental poppies but they still look lovely!

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Astrantia Major Pink

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Astrantia Minor with Forget-me-nots (and the odd wild strawberry which the hedgehog loves so I allow!)

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Purple Iris (this was a surprise!)

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My blue poppies are still going although now looking paler in colour.

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The bees are loving the Scabious!

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Dahlia

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The irises around the pond are flowering now.

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The pond area is looking a little battered from all the rain.

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Yellow rose

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I haven’t planted much in the new border but these plants were transported last year and seem to be doing well! They are all yellow, orange and red.

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I repotted the Bay Tree as it was totally pot bound and it’s so much happier!

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The fruit trees are beginning to grow

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Tomatoes are in their grow bags in the Greenhouse.

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The peas and beans are doing really well. I have planted out 2 pumpkins too.

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The other vegetables are growing well but some have been attacked by slugs and snails.

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Primrose came to stay. She is my mum’s dog and is very cute! Here she is with my rather bedraggled looking Peonies!

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We had a cinema night with friends! It was so much fun!

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A new Link party to celebrate all things Garden! Come and join in with the party!

Hello and welcome to #MyGloriousGardens Linky!

As many of you know, I love my Gardens and Gardening! Spring is definitely here and it’s time to celebrate all things garden related!

This Linky is to celebrate all garden photos and posts. Anything garden related can be posted. It may be a post about a great day out with your family, a garden you have visited, your garden or an outdoor place you have visited. I don’t mind anything as long as it is celebrating a Glorious Garden! No posts about other Link parties please.

If you have never been to a Link party before it’s easy!

Just link up your post by clicking on the InLinkz button below.  Then press on the blue link button when it redirects you. Copy and paste your post or photo in the link. It opens Bank Holiday Monday at 7am and will run for a week.

There are minimal rules.

1. Add the #MyGloriousGardens Linky button to the bottom of our post.
2. Tweet me @oldhouseinthes1 for a Retweet if you are on Twitter.
3. Follow me on Twitter, on the blog and on Instagram.
4. Comment on my post and one other of your choice.
5. Spread the Blog love and I will read all posts and comment.
6. Have fun!

Here is the Linky button.

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