Monday, 5 May 2014

A Pash for Tulips - Pashley Manor Part 1

For my (50 something, eeek!) Birthday today we celebrated by visiting Pashley Manor Gardens in Ticehurst, Kent, to enjoy the last day of the Tulip Festival.

And as I'm in a self-indulgent mood, I shall take you on a garden tour if you'll let me! 

I'll let the photos speak for themselves, but be warned, there are a few of 'em!

For that reason I shall share the rest of the best in the next post (and I did take rather a lot so these are just the cream at the top of the milk) - the azaleas, the sculptures and statues, the pots and other pretty and interesting parts of the garden.

Brace yourselves girls!

First, the red tulips

Then the pinks............

the whites and creams and multi-colours..............

and the yellows.

Funnily enough I didn't spot many orange tulips, but maybe I just missed them, although there were a few poked in amongst the reds now I look at my photos - they were somewhat upstaged by the reds I think, which is why I didnt really see them.

 I can't decide which ones are my favs, they were all spectacular, although the displays of reds and pinks I thought were particularly beautiful with their under plantings of red bellis with the red tulips, and gorgeous pink forget-me-nots and London Pride (saxifraga urbium) with the pinks.

Which colour tulips are your favourites?

I do hope you enjoyed these glorious tulips, and thank you for indulging me on my Birthday! 
Hope you have all had a good May Day Bank Holiday!


  1. Happy birthday Gill, so glad you had a lovely day doing exactly what you love!
    Your photos are amazing!!!
    My favourite tulips are actually white and the almost black ones. :)
    V xxx

  2. Oh my goodness, Gill. This place looks amazing. Happy birthday to you! What a lovely way to spend it.

  3. Happy Birthday Gillian

    It must have been a wonderful day for you. I love all the colours and find it difficult just picking one.

    Thanks for sharing your day

    helen xx

  4. Wow, what a riot of colour Gill, like horticultural fireworks! Such a fab way to spend your birthday. Looks like you had a great day :)
    B x

  5. Happy Birthday. Looks like you had a great day. I can't believe there still so many tulips in flower. Mine have pretty much all finished.
    Enjoy your week. Xxx

  6. Beautiful place to spend your birthday.

  7. Happy Birthday to you Gilly!!!! The tulips are beautiful and I can totally see why you took so many pictures of them, just stunning plants and photos too! Hope that you have a great week after your lovely birthday visit. xx

  8. Lovely photos and Happy Birthday!! I'm anxiously awaiting for our tulips to bloom here.

  9. Happy birthday. Beautiful tour of the garden, the tulips are divine. I love them all but if I had to choose a favourite I would go for the reds.

  10. a happy birthday or late birthday or unbirtday to you today lovely gift to get very pretty love manor houses or halls never visit this one but it looks very beautiful the garden but also the house love the colors of the flowers the are zo fine my favourite are the reds too hope you had a lovely day

  11. Happy Birthday! What a lovely way to celebrate. Elinor x

  12. Happy birthday, it looks like you had a lovely day. The tulips look fantastic!

  13. Happy birthday Gill! Glad you got to see the tulips at Pashley Manor - it's such a special place isn't it? Great photos, looking forward to Pashley Manor Part II. See you Thursday.
    Jane xx

  14. Welch eine Pracht! Es ist ein Vergnügen diese Bilder zu sehen!
    LG lykka

  15. Happy birthday! Looks like you had a splendid time - and Mother Nature gifted you some sunshine and pretty flowers! :-) Tulips are my favourite flower, so I have thoroughly enjoyed your tour here, thank you for sharing! The pinks get me every time, especially with the pink forget-me-nots with them! Stunning! Chrissie x

  16. Happy Birthday! I'm new to your blog & so happy to have found it. I love all the pictures of the flowers. It's been 25 years since I've been to Kent. Hope to return one day.

  17. Happy belated birthday to you...what a lovely spot to those red ones!! Hope you are very well. Happy May to you.

  18. Happy birthday! What a beautiful place for a birthday walk. I can't decide what colour is my favourite in gorgeous tulips. Planted in vast groups they are amazing! xxxx

  19. Happy Birthday, and what a wonderful way to celebrate your day. The tulips are wonderful and I think I would say the pink are my favorite.

  20. Happy Birthday Gill! I hope you had a wonderful day :) Thank you for sharing such stunning photos, this looks like a beautiful place to visit. I think red tulips are my favourite, they're just so bright and cheerful.
    Best wishes.

  21. Happy belated birthday Gill! What a beautiful place to visit. I went to Pashley Manor a few years ago and enjoyed it just as much as you did. Unfortunately the tulips were almost gone when we arrived. Looks you were really lucky. They look amazing!

    Madelief x

  22. I might be late but I`m still sending you happy birthday wishes! Pashley Manor is such an amazing place to visit, although I never been! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos! Maybe one day though! :)

    Hugs, Debbie

  23. Happy belated Birthday, Gill! What a wonderful garden to visit on your birthday too.....those tulips are just stunning! Your pictures are so sunny and colourful :)
    Hope you are having a happy week!
    Helen xox

  24. Good morning Gill, and Happy Birthday. This garden is amazing! I could sit here and look at these photos all day long, if I had the time :)
    Have a wonderful day.
    Your blogging sis, Connie :)

  25. Now thats a great Birthday!
    I find as I age my tastes are changing.
    I am going to introduce red into my garden this year, something I never thought I'd do, but my garden needs more oomph! (plus it's a year for remembering) So I would say red tulips this year.

  26. Happy Belated Birthday, Gill!! Eek, I'm a 50 something girl, too. :)

    These gardens are spectacular! What a perfect place to visit in spring. Tulips can put on a better show than just about any other flower, can't they? I like the reds, but the pinks I love -- pink tulips, pink roses, pink peonies, you get the picture. :) I love the grass in England, which is such a lovely shade of green, and I also love the charming, half-timbered house that belongs to these gardens.

    It looks like you and your daughter had a wonderful day, Gill. Thanks for taking us along on the tour.


    Denise at Forest Manor


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