Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cooling green

We felt the full force of summer here in Adelaide today. While Europe and Northern America shivers, we swelter. It reached a top of 41.3 degrees celsuis (106 degrees F).

Even now, past 8.00pm in the evening, it is a sizzling 38 degrees. My son eats an icecream on a stick while I have a long tall glass of water by my side, full of ice. This weather has me yearning for a much cooler day, sitting in a serene and soothing lush green garden.

I love this little covered garden seat, nestled into its greenery. A secret little nook. I could imagine sitting here with a good book and a glass of lemonade.
Chris L Jones


What appeals to me about all of these gardens featured in this post is their classical good looks, the minimal use of colour, with the emphasis on the form of the plants and the garden architecture - think archways, benchseats, trelliswork and stylish paving.



Country Style




Country Style

I love this little private walkway, ending with a lovely benchseat.



I don't know why, but I have a thing for diamond pattern paving. I have this sort of paving in my garden. Clipped hedges are also 'my thing'.
Australian Better Homes and Gardens





And finally, to really cool everything down completely, one of my favourite images ever...

Claire Takacs

13 comments:

flower said...

very good and beautiful

ness lockyer said...

I think I will call you twin! Everything you love about gardens, I adore. I just planted a box hedge along the front of our home to clip.
Thanks for the post...twin.
Ness xx

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Love that secret little nook, some cushions and pillows and a good book!!

Lauren said...

Oh I love these gardens! It'd my dream (haha, one of the many!) to have a garden large enough to walk through & have separate sitting areas. Bookmarking this for when that time comes! ;)

Vanya @ Endless Inspiration said...

Divine, I wish is was warm enough in London to lounge outside ;)

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

The snowy park is beautiful! Snow is..., really, although overall I'd prefer to live in a warmer climate. It's easier to try to stay cool then warm I think.

Beautiful Living said...

That first picture is just divine! Totally stunning!

A-M said...

What!? How hot is Adelaide. We haven't even had temperatures like that up here this year! You poor things. I love classical gardens. Your images are beautiful. A-M xx

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Beautiful garden. I wish a had a green thumb and could get something as beautiful in my own home.

I adore that bench that you featured. Just perfect.

MelsRosePlace said...

Love all these images...we have lots of hedges and yes they need a lot of clipping but they are great. hope its a bit cooler there today. Mel xxx

citysage said...

Love all the green green green! Looks so cooling and welcoming. And I agree that the diamond paving is very cool---graphic and fresh, and just a little something different!

keep cool!

AlexB said...

Oh how I miss Adelaide heat! We used to get the afternoon off school when it was a scorcher. Mind you, your feet would stick to the melting bitumen as you walked home. It's a scorcher in Sydney today, too ...

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

I could actually say this is the most beautiful photo, that has really captured my attention. Just lovely!!