Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Hestercombe Garden Part 2

Following on from part one of our visit to Hestercombe Garden in which I showed you the architectural and landscape details, here are some of the plants that we saw!





















There were lots of beds still to be filled and lots of climbers and other plants still to come out into bloom, so I imagine that in the summer it is full of colour and a great place to visit.  Indeed several people have commented on my first post about Hestercombe about how lovely it is in the summer!

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I have come to a rather sad (for me) decision about my blogging.  You may recall that I posted here about comments, replying to them, and how to handle it.  I have tried different things, but I just cannot keep up with replying to everyone.  Sadly there are not enough hours in the day, and if I reply to all of your lovely messages I don't have enough time to read your blogs, or to do anything to actually blog about.  The way that I figure it is that you would rather have me post something new here and also come and read your posts too.

So, from now on I will not be replying to comments on a regular basis.  I will still reply on some posts or to some comments, but I will not routinely reply to all comments on every post.  You cannot totally get rid of me, but I need to cut back and I know from your previous comments and e-mails on this subject that you understand.

I will always read the comments that you are so kind to leave and will always be appreciative of them and love to hear what you have to say.  If you have questions I will do my best to answer them as I do now.  If you ever just fancy a chat or have something else to say you can always e-mail me.  You can find my e-mail address on the About Love Made My Home page.

I do hope that you understand, regular readers will know that I have struggled and worried over this, but I need to let go.  I am sorry about this, but sometimes these things have to be done.

Thank you for your comments (as always!) and understanding.

Amy

37 comments:

  1. Some beautiful blooms there. There's lots flowering already, I can imagine that it will be a riot of colour come summer. I totally understand about replying to comments, I don't think many comments actually require an answer so you're doing the right thing. Blogging should be enjoyable, not a worry about it consuming your time.

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  2. The gardens look stunning now, so summer must be spectacular. I really like the plants in the wall next to the steps.
    I am right with you on the comments.

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  3. Such beautiful gardens, and much further advanced than mine.
    I totally understand about your blogging reply decision - after all it's not supposed to be a chore, but something fun. A time out from the boring bits of life. Have a great afternoon. x

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  4. Lovely flowers there, it looks like an enjoyable trip. Sometimes you can get to caught up with replying to comments that blogging becomes less enjoyable for you. Do what is right for you, that's what is important at the end of the day.

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  5. The gardens are so beautiful, such pretty flowers. Don't worry about the comment thing Amy, it's impossible to reply to every comment people leave, I think it's much nicer to visit and comment on posts and like you say none of us have the time to do everything. :)

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  6. What beautiful flower shots you got! I'm unfamiliar with many of these, but they are just so unusual. We just don't have wonderful gardens that this here in Canada ... well, maybe there are a few, but I've never seen them. I just love the whole package of history, age and very well established plants ;) The comments thing is always an issue, but I think you're taking the right step in visiting other blogs in return. The blogging process becomes far too time consuming otherwise ... and you're getting so many comments now!! Glad you've got it sorted and are happy with it. You can enjoy blogging again!! Wendy x

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  7. Blog how you want to...it's all fine with us!
    I'm impressed with the wall rock garden, I'd like to try that here.
    Jane x

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  8. Wow, a beautiful garden.
    Its your blog, you should comment, or not comment on what and how you like. Amy life is too short to worry about everything, just enjoy it. Have a great week.

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  9. I don't expect you to reply Amy- it's enough that you are kind enough to comment on my blog and read it. I shall still be stopping by and reading your posts my dear :-)

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  10. Those pink Rhodes are knocking me out! What a lovely, lovely garden, Amy!!

    Unburden yourself from replying to comments... it's more than okay!

    xo

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  11. Your second post on Hestercombe with all those wonderful flowers is just as lovely. I do the same thing with comments too so don't feel guilty. As number of followers grow it is becomes more difficult. Sarah x

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  12. Fabulous pictures again - I love the roses they are my favourite. As others have said most comments don't require an answer although it is lovely that you do, it is enough for me that you visit my blog and leave lovely messages, thank you.

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  13. Dear Amy , thanks for sharing this lovely part of the world, English gardens are always so impressive and beautiful! You visit your blogfriends when you can and it's Ok!!!

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  14. Such beautiful flowers. I can almost smell them! Please do not feel bad about not replying to comments, Amy! I can imagine it takes up a lot of time and then it might add pressure as you are trying to keep up with writing blog posts etc, not to mention visiting and reading other blogs. Once you let go, I think you will feel better for it. It's taking that first step which is the hardest I think, then once the decision is made, it gets easier. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos today! :)

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  15. These gardens are gorgeous and it's interesting to see plants in bloom that won't be blooming here for a couple of months yet! I love the diamond shaped garden as it reminds me of Argyle plaid. ;) I understand about your time and responding to all commenters. I have just started to follow your blog this week but that won't deter me. I don't respond to every comment now either. There just isn't time. I blog when I have time and pictures to share, maybe every day or maybe every other day or every few days. I try to visit blogposts when they come up but don't always comment. Besides, summer is coming and the nice weather is taking me outdoors to do yard work and garden. There aren't enough hours in the day! Take care and enjoy blogging. Pamela

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  16. Sweet Amy, you do what you need to do my friend. Blogging takes a LOT of time, everyone understands that you can not always reply. Thank you for the gorgeous flower photos.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  17. Amy,
    You can tell that that beautiful place has been around for a very long time. Love those flower beds when they input a design with color. Lovely pictures.

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  18. I have so enjoyed your posts about this lovely garden, and I hope to visit it one day. It looks so interesting and well planted, with lots of variety. Your photos are lovely.
    Please don't worry about answering my comments, dear Amy, I don't expect a reply and I know many other bloggers are happy to just read and comment, and if you read and comment on their blog sometimes that is all that is needed!
    Wishing you a happy week!
    Helen xox

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  19. I find the reading of so many other blogs the time consuming thing Amy and feel guilty when I don't comment on EVERY post! Difficult with those who post every day - it's just not possible. I started blogging to publicise my drawings but the blogging just takes over so that I now have no time to draw - silly really. You do what you have to. xx

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  20. This garden is absolutely amazing I love all these pictures look besutiful Amy! Ah and don't worry dear really.
    We know how you are:)
    O try to answer the comments butt not always I can. xo

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  21. Wonderful plants and flowers, so much colour in the garden in May! Its always so inspiring to visit great gardens and come away with ideas and the determination to improve your own!
    Thank you for sharing Amy!
    Gill xx

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  22. This place is really gorgeous and I appreciate seeing more photos. I especially love those artfully planted flower beds. Don't worry about replying to the comments. I stopped fretting over that about a year ago and never looked back. Personally, I think that if people have a problem with the way you deal with comments, they can move along and read the billion other blogs out there. If they really love what you have to say and share on your blog, they'll come back again and again because you hold their interest, not because you adhere to some unwritten bloggers' etiquette standards. I had to choose between reading/commenting on others' blogs and replying to my comments. I'd much rather read and comment on others. :)

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  23. Beautiful, beautiful flowers! wonderful photography too! Try and not worry about answering comments, everyone understands, we would rather you write your wonderful posts such as this and visit us from time to time. Our blogs are meant to be our special places for sharing our lives with like minded souls, not a duty and so many comments don't need an answer. Enjoy your blogging and don't worry about us!

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  24. Beautiful pics Amy, such a lovely place to visit and thank you for sharing with the likes of me (and many others) who can't visit personally!
    I totally understand about the blogging thing - we each have to handle these situations in the way we are most comfortable with; I also need to make changes but that time has not come around yet .. .. .. love, Joy xo

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  25. Amy...this garden just made my night! The spring blooms are just so exquisite! I truly did not think it could get any better than the last post but you proved me wrong! I so enjoyed going on this tour with you! And as for the comments...I completely understand...I am in the same boat! I just can't keep up either! Wishing you a lovely Wednesday! Nicole xoxo

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  26. Gorgeous pictures Amy......good move re the comments...it won't stop me from coming and visiting your lovely blog! xo

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  27. Amy you are such a wonderful person! To care so much about upsetting readers when we, like you struggle with the same feelings! I would much rather you paid a visit and left me a comment and then came back and took more stunning photographs are your fabulous trips out and about! I love coming here, always so cheery! Hazel x

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  28. I wrote on your previous Hestercombe post but it seems to have floated off into the blogsphere.
    For me Hestercombe is the culmination of the great collaboration between Gertrude Jeykll and Edwin Lutyens.
    When I visited I fell in love with the idea of a water rill, but I noticed the portholes in the drystone walls in your previous post, and realised that I had sub-consciously incorporated that idea into my own garden. There was I thinking that it was all my own idea!!!!

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    1. No idea where that went then Rosemary, I checked and I definitely don't have it, and I bet that you said something lovely too! I hate when that happens. Thank you though. How funny that you had subconsciously absorbed things from your visit to Hestercombe into your own garden! I bet that it looks great in your garden. xx

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  29. Lovely gardens, I can't imagine this in full bloom - ashamed to only be able to name about 5 plants :-(
    Don't worry about replying to me.... unconditionally, this year I'm 52, and have a memory like I was 102, once I leave this comment and get past the captcha, I just remember the pretty colours.

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  30. Beautiful gardens which reminds me that I haven't been to one since I moved here, which is a few years ago now. So long as you enjoy blogging, that's the most important thing. It is time consuming and with work or other responsibilities, I'm sure everyone who follows you will understand your situation.

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  31. This is beautiful. This is my favorite part although I know the architectural details are the bones of the garden and make so much difference. This is truly a lovely garden and I enjoyed both tours.

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  32. Hi Amy, I really enjoyed visiting Hestercombe again with you. I love the colourful flowerbeds!
    I'm still quite new here, but I really don't mind if you don't have time to write replies to all the comments. I'll definitely be coming back to see what you're up to next!
    Marielle

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  33. Dear Amy,
    I am happy to see all these pictures of Hestercombe Gardens, because we to go to the Sout West of England this holydays again. Our hole family likes to stroll around such wonderfull Parks and take some ideas back home to our own garden (e.g. watergel for hanging baskets). The last years we visited scotland and its beautiful landscape and in earlier times we explored the south with our tent.
    Have a good time, Birgit

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    1. I hope that if you make it near Hestercombe you are able to visit. I think that anyone who likes gardens would enjoy it. Thank you for your lovely comments Birgit, they are very appreciated. xx

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  34. Hi Amy

    I am the Head gardener at Hestercombe and I just wanted to say thank you for posting those lovely pictures on your blog. We have now replaced the winter bedding on the Victorian terrace with dark red leaves of Coleus and Perilla, yellow Calceolaria, and grey Puyas and Echevarias. This week all the annuals go out around the Jekyll garden. It's a busy time but such good fun. Thanks for your support.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Claire. The new bedding sounds lovely and very colourful! xx

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