~Written and edited by Veronica Clark ~

Monday, 26 March 2012


Hello dear friends!

I trust you have all had a great Monday. There is no "blog it Forward Series" today. I will resume it in a couple of weeks time with some more specific questions relating to each blogger that I feature. I think that would make it a bit more entertaining.

So, onto another topic for today....

Some of you are celebrating spring whilst we are celebrating autumn down here in the South! Both seasons are a joy to me but most of all I am an autumn person!

I have a few gardens left to share from my spring open garden visits. My photos got mislaid somehow?? No idea how, but I am only to pleased to have them back and to be able to share them with you.

So, lets go for a stroll through  one of my favourite garden, Freshwoods.

Heading up the drive , the air is thick with a heady mix of perfume.

Most of us crazed gardeners race up the driveway, give Barbara a cursory hello, how are you in passing, and quickly scurry to fill our barrows with plants from her amazing collection on sale .   When we come to pay we make up for that passing greeting  and give her a proper salutation, I promise!! With my stash paid for and securely tucked behind a tree with a "DO NOT TOUCH" sign I amble off to be enchanted, yet again...

Freshwoods is part of the annual open gardens in Elgin and I have been visiting it for many many years and each time I am totally beguiled and delighted to explore it a new.


It is a romantic and rambling garden belonging to two wonderfully knowledgeable plants people  who are incredibly hospitable. It also boasts a major collection of heritage and specimen roses. There are many rare trees and shrubs and a few of my favourite garden goodies that I will point out as we stroll.

Freshwoods has received a merit award from the  World Federation of Rose Societies. The trees are dripping with rose garlands in full bloom. It is breathtaking!

The planting combinations are always a delight. I just love the colour combination below, don't you?


One of my annual delights when visiting Freshwoods is of course, the flowering Prunus ~ cherries. Hanging like pendulous plump marshmallows they are my favourite part of this garden. totally gorgeous!!

How beautiful is that?

The rhododendrons especially Maddenias are stunning.

Amazing colour below!


It is an enchanting place for children with all the pathways leading in every direction, tree caves and nooks and crannies to explore.

The Acer collection has grown steadily over the years and is another of my indulgent plant loves.

Roses and Acers! What a magnificent colour combination!

The shapes of the leaves are just as amazing as the colours and the light was captivating...

The visitors were equally charming and colourful!


There is a wonderful woodland walk and the trees are tall!

Yip!, I couldn't resist... I lay down on my back for this one!!

Fabulous foxgloves! Always a winner.

There is a bamboo forest!

Peek through here...do you see the Gunnera?

Magnificent! Isn't it just? I love it!



This was thirsty work....and I was longing for a cup of tea...



Great combination....

In this part of the garden I met the baker of the cakes for tea and after hearing what was on the menu... I found the nearest path back to the homestead!

Sorry it took so long gentleman!! I hope you enjoy this post. The cakes were fab!


There is so much to experience and see in this magnificent garden. I always learn something and always find something new.

I  hope you have enjoyed our little stroll.

Thank you for your company

Live well



All images Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

Thanks for stopping by. I would love to chat in the comment box below...



  1. I'm so glad you've only just found these pictures because now that we're in spring we get to enjoy this fabulous garden and take away a few ideas. This garden is absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing.


  2. All those flowers are so beautiful. I cannot wait till things start blooming here.

  3. Veronica-
    This is such a beautiful post. Thank you for taking me along!
    I so wish that it was headed towards autumn here. Summer is my least-liked season, and we are headed for a hot one I am afraid.
    Have a nice day.

  4. My roses ares starting to bud and I can hardly wait for the blooms. Such a gorgeous garden - you had me at the cherry blossoms and the roses...stunning!!

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