I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure

January: winter gardens


From mid November until mid January the gardens at Longleat House in Wiltshire were hosting a wonderful Festival of Light, featuring over 23,000 Chinese lanterns.  I used to think a Chinese lantern was a smallish collapsible paper lampshade with a light inside, or maybe something like these ones which were hanging from many of the trees …

red Chinese lanterns in tree

However, as darkness fell it became clear that Chinese lanterns come in many forms.

Flora …

Birds and animals…

Ocean scenes…

There were scenes from Chinese culture and mythology too, but they will have to wait for another day.

I’m linking this post with Jude’s monthly Garden Photo Challenge at the earth laughs in flowers .







21 thoughts on “January: winter gardens

  1. How lovely of you to post these magical pix on a Monday morning. Simply splendiferous, Elaine.

  2. Great photos, Elaine. Those lanterns certainly don’t look how I remember them either!

  3. Wow. Those are some amazing lanterns and some great shots, Elaine! A very perky post!

  4. What a delight these are!

  5. So gorgeous, Elaine. You captured the magic really well. 🙂

  6. These are spectacular! How I love to see these gardens lit up during the dreary winter. Your photographs are excellent Elaine. And what a marvellous contribution to the winter garden theme. Hope you are enjoying the sun now (well, I hope there is some sun…)

  7. Aren’t these lanterns stunning. They must have been an amazing sight in the darkened gardens. You did a wonderful job of photographing them too.

  8. I like all of these, but especially love the first few flowers…just really cool.

  9. Such a lovely post. So enchanting.

  10. Pingback: Chinese lanterns part two | I used to be indecisive...

  11. I had the same idea as you about Chinese lanterns. I had no idea they could be like this, they’re astonishing and beautifully photographed.

Now it's your turn

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s