Roses on a Summer’s Eve

Rosa ‘Queen Elizabeth’ and Rosa ‘The Lovely Fairy’

In all the fair, wide world, could there be more perfect weather than we are being blessed with these many weeks? Each day, each hour spent outdoors is a gift we relish and delight in. And the roses, the dreary damp of June forgotten, have burst forth in joyful exuberance.

We’ve been away again, returning very late last night from an epic, near 24-hour travel and shooting and video marathon, the last (at last!) of a series of locations for a client project we’ve been planning for most of a year.

Rosa ‘The Lovely Fairy’


We could have spent the night and returned today, but we’d always rather forego sleep and muster the extra effort to make it back to our cheery home and lovely although slightly neglected garden.

Rosa ‘Queen Elizabeth’

So today, we stayed right here, working outside on laptops while the warmth of the day enveloped us in a gentle embrace and the garden worked its magic to sooth and restore us. Looking around, breathing it all in, wishing to capture the perfect moments to relive throughout the year.

And in the sweet light of the gentle evening, I took these photos to share with you a glimpse of summer at Hillhaven, so you can see a bit of what we’ve been seeing throughout this blissful day.

Rosa ‘Queen Elizabeth’


Rosa ‘A Shropshire Lad’ (David Austin) with the blue of the hydrangea walk behind


Rosa ‘A Shropshire Lad’ (David Austin)


Rosa ‘Knock Out’


Rosa ‘Rainbow Knock Out’


These journeys always put me behind a few days but I will be up to date with you soon. And then you’ll see the places we’ve been and I promise, you will love them! Hint – we had to take our passports! (I really wanted to post them tonight but I’m a bit too tired to do them justice)
Thank you as always for your visits and encouraging words. I’m so happy to have you and hope that coming here enriches your days as you enrich mine.
love and petals of sweet, summer happiness
xo – g

La Vie en Rose










I’ve been collecting up these images for the better part of a year and finally decided to bring them out to play as we are having days and days and days of clear, bright sunshine and starry, moonlit nights. And badminton, watermelon, bees and butterflies. I love this time of year!

Thank you for all your sweet comments on the English roses! And welcome to new visitors and followers – I humbly thank you and hope your time here brightens your day.

Looking forward to visiting all of you!

xo – g

Castles and Cottages – Roses Climbing Windows

More images from summer in England. Enjoy!

Rosa ‘Meg’, Sissinghurst Castle



Robertsbridge, East Sussex

Hartfield, East Sussex

Winchelsea, East Sussex

Goudhurst, Kent
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Thank you for your lovely words on the lavender shoot! I’m so happy you enjoyed the images and Winnie will be pleased, too.

I cut bundles and bundles of lavender at the farms which are now in vases around the house or drying in my kitchen, destined for the linen closet, mmmmm.

Loving every second of our perfect summer weather, with more on the way, we are out shooting on location, pruning the roses or stealing a nap in the garden. Hope you are doing the same!
xo – g
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