Salt Marshes


Early this morning I walked around the garden to survey the elemental damage. The review of the situation was actually encouraging.

Nicotiana and agapanthusAgapanthus

The nicotiana and agapanthus staked up a couple of days ago have perked up;


as have the white gladioli,

Gladiolus Priscilla

and the surviving Priscillas

New Bed

in the New Bed.

Clematis Campaniflora 1Clematis Campaniflora 2

When we arrived, the clematis Campaniflora in the front garden rambled over all the other plants, including numerous brambles. We cut it down drastically. It has set off again and is now, the tiniest such bloom we have, dancing with abandon.

Hot lips

The Hot lips salvias are similarly enticing.

Gauras, heucheras, and geranium

The gauras, and heucheras have just bent gracefully with the wind.


This clematis at the top of the Agriframes arch, an unnamed bargain from Lidl, has proved sturdy enough.

On the strength of that pleasant surprise, we enjoyed a drive around the forest. We didn’t visit Buckler’s Hard, which featured on 12th January 2013,

Buckler's Hard

but peeped through the fence at others who were doing so as we drove past.

St Leonard's Grange

St Leonard’s Grange is one of the fifteen barns that once served Beaulieu Abbey. There is not much of it left at Beaulieu St Leonard’s. Just one and a half gable ends and one and a half walls. At 300 ft long and more than 50 ft wide it was one of the largest in Europe.

St Leonard's Grange

Here are part of the roofs of a newer building.

Farm buildings 1Farm buildings 2

I found some nearby farm buildings equally photogenic.

Further on past Sowley, we ventured down a dead end road called Tanner’s Lane. This led straight to a shingle beach we couldn’t drive onto because this is what it was:

Tanners Lane sign

Saltmarsh 1

These were the salt marshes we had seen from the cruise boat out of Lymington Marina,

Lymington Marina

which was, in turn, even in the hazy sunlight, visible from here;

Hurst Castle

as was Hurst Castle,

Hurst Castle and The Needles

and The Needles, demonstrating that the castle is on the nearest mainland point to the island.

Boat and buoysBoat, buoy, and saltmarsh

An empty boat bobbed among the buoys.

Saltmarsh and Isle of Wight

Here is yet another view of the Isle of Wight and The Needles, for the delight of Mary Tang.

We will shortly leave for Barry and Vicki’s home in Poole. We are to try out the Isan Thai restaurant in Parkstone Road. Anyone who wishes to be informed about our gastronomical investigation must defer their gratification until tomorrow.


  1. Those gladiolas look great. My bulbs seems to bloom once, maybe twice and then they seem to die. The next year I’m adding new ones.

  2. Looks like your garden survived the rain very well. Love those Hotlip Salvias. So aptly named. 🙂 Lovely photos from your outing. The one with the boat and the buoy is my favourite. 🙂

  3. How can I comment? Everything is so beautiful–the agapanthus and gladioli, the hot lips salvias …

    I see that you have a Hurst Castle in England. You may have heard about the Hearst Castle in California.

  4. There are a good many plants bending gracefully here too now. And not so gracefully.. lousy ‘summer’ weather. Hope the Thai was a treat!

  5. I had the hot lips Salvia down the side path at my previous apartment and it’s lovely.

    I love to see some more close-ups of flowers amongst your lovely garden images. I have several unidentified flowers I’ve photographed in our Royal Botanic Gardens and I suspect they might be in your garden and your knowledge might give me some clues.

  6. I had to laugh to see yet another view of the Isle of Wight 🙂 Thank you. I don’t think you have 36 yet though this may be a fresh one.

  7. Woo-hoo, what a post. As always, I love seeing your beautiful garden, and what a treat to take a little tour with you of the surrounding countryside. I will be eagerly awaiting news of what you had for dinner. (Or, suppah, as we might call it in Maine.)

  8. The gladiolus and the salt marshes caught my interest. I liked both the thatched look to the roofs and the rugged barns and out buildings. Great August post here! Somehow missed it (?) Smiles Robin

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