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Monday, July 20, 2015

Mosaic Monday at the Garden

Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews by the Sea.... Ahhh, what a glorious place to wile away a few hours.. Having won both national and provincial awards, it has been named one of Canada's Top Ten Public Gardens. The estate and property which now form the gardens were donated by John and Lucinda Flemer; the estate had a long history of fine gardens and Kingsbrae was created to expand this heritage. The 27 acre site includes two ponds, streams, a woodland trail, and a variety of gardens. My favourites have always been the perennial garden, the rose garden and the knot garden. Before you even pass through the entrance you can enjoy the entry garden (this year featuring an impressive display of colourful begonias and two begonia "trees," above), the white garden and a wonderful cottage garden, complete with a wonderful drift of lavender.
Other treasures include the bird and butterfly garden, the children's fantasy garden, a sculpture garden, the heath and heather garden and a therapy and scents and sensitivity garden. Display gardens showcase various collections of plant species, and demonstration gardens provide a place for experimenting with different gardening styles. These change over time, so there is always a reason to visit again! And of course there are always different things in bloom as the season progresses. I'm quite sure if I lived in St. Andrews I'd visit every week or two! You can walk through the garden in an hour or so, but if you have a camera in hand, or you are taking note of potential additions for your own gardens, it's very easy to spend several hours.... or more.


A section of the Knot Garden


Won't you walk with me now, down these paths for a closer look?






In case the floral beauty is not enough to keep you happy, you might chance upon this fine fellow. He surprised us when he just strolled out of some high grass, and let us walk right up to him, getting within about 2 feet. I didn't want to push my luck by getting any closer as I did take note of his sizeable claws... He was admiring himself in a mirror.. what is the saying.. "vain as a peacock"?  Well this fellow DID appear rather vain!



Of course, if I had a tail like this, I might be a little vain too....

Beauty in all colours, shapes and sizes, everywhere you look at Kingsbrae Garden. Over 2,500 species. Worthy of several hours of your time, for sure!


I'm linking to Mosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage. Thanks Judith for hosting. Be sure and drop by to see what the other participants have been up to, or join in the fun...

Peace,
Linda

"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature." ~ Gerard de Nerval

28 comments:

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful garden! I've just been looking at their website - they even have a Wollemi pine, that's an interesting plant.

KaHolly said...

Such a lovely place. Your pictures and collages are extraordinary, Linda. And that peacock is a riot! Thanks for continuing the journey.

Carolien said...

Hello Linda,

Your pictures of the flowers are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Dutch greetings, Carolien

Mary Cromer said...

What a royal array of colour in these flowers that go along beautiful with the fine feathers of the Peacock, very lovely~

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely visit to the garden. The flowers are all gorgeous and I love the peacock. Beautiful photos and mosaic! Have a happy new week ahead!

Cathy Keller said...

Such glorious colors and then there is the handsome peacock! Indeed, it is a wonderful place to rest and relax! Wishing you well!

Gayle said...

What a beautiful place to see via your camera. Thanks for sharing.

Maggie said...

Stunning images to delight the eye, lovely gardens and the proud peacock was delightful.
Happy MM.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

So many beautiful blooms...what a lovely place :)

Dolores said...

What a feast for the senses. I'd love to visit one day.

Snap said...

Oh, my ... gorgeous! I love to walk through gardens ... what a treat this one must have been. Happy Monday!

Vee said...

Oh I want to visit there one day! Must tell my daughter-in-law as she loves gardens and will be back in NB soon.

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous pictures! What a beautiful place!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

That looks like a gorgeous garden to visit.

countrygardenuk said...

Wow. Beautiful flowers and what a glamorous Peacock too. Well done for all the mosaics Linda.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

What a beautiful place to while away an afternoon.

Sheila said...

What an incredible garden , thanks for sharing your beautiful photos .

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Many bloggers have shared the gardens of Kingsbrae and yours are the icing on the cake - I really must come back east and visit here. I wonder if the peacock thought the view in the mirror was a rival male? :-)
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Linda.

Karen said...

Oh, such beautiful photos! I would love to wile away some hours in such a gorgeous garden. It is easy to see why they win so many awards.

Lovely Lady Linnaea said...

Thats a beutiful place and beautiful pictures! I think every pretty park needs couple of peacocks!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

the knot garden is spectacular! So lovely

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

All I can say is wow! What stunning gardens and flowers....beautiful mosaics.

Margie said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

ann said...

The gardens are gorgeous. A walk through them is a a very nice way to spend the day.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh the flowers are fabulous - and the peacock is fun - love how he is looking in the mirror - great photos. I especially like the pink poppy.

Lorrie said...

Walking through such a garden is a real treat. Love the peacock - they seem like silly creatures, but ever so beautiful with those feathers.

Pamela Gordon said...

I'm way behind in your posts as it's been a busy week. These photos of the beauty at Kingsbrae Gardens are gorgeous. I love the one of the proud peacock looking in the mirror. I haven' been there for a couple of years so that will be a must see if I ever get there!

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Wonderful, wonderful photos and mosaics!

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