Monday, 28 July 2014

Welcome to The Monday Meow ~ Basil's Guided Garden Tour at Chateau Basille

Welcome to another Installment of  

The Monday Meow 

Many Greetings furriends

Here we are again at the start of another fabulous week, today we're mixing it up and giving mew a purrsonal and intimate guided tour of our flower garden. 

I will be your host as we cruise sedately around the garden at 'Chateau Basille'  followed by afternoon tea and refreshments, should mew require any.  

Welcome to the

Flower Power Tour


Welcome furriends, are we ready to start the tour? 

Excellent, now if mew'd like to follow me and we'll begin...  and if anyone wants to stop fur a breather or a quick snooze on the lawn, just shout out...

Here we have a delightful blue agapanthus specimen, flanked either side with a pink dahlia and orange and yellow ganzia daisies.

Purrlease feel free to take pictures as we tour....


As we continue, mew'll see rather a lot of chives, these little oniony plants grow like the blazes, howeffur the P.A. says that's ok, as they taste furry nice.... I wouldn't know as I'm not a veggie type of cat.


Moving on, we're headed to where the beautiful blue cornflowers are growing, these are lovely little flowers, howeffur they are not built to withstand lot's of boisterous activity and being trampled on... so the P.A. has roped them off fur their own safety!


We'll go into the giant daisy forest now... effuryone keep up, I don't want mew getting lost in these tall densely packed flowers...

Is effuryone still with me? Pawesome...

  Ahhhh, now we've emerged back into more normal sized vegetation, look what we've found!  A dandelion head in prime condition... if anyone wants to make a wish, purrlease do so now, all wishes are included in the tour, there are no hidden no extras, so go ahead and wish away...                             

Now  mew can see we've come to the white delphiniums, these majestic flowers are striking to say the least, there are 3 types in the garden, the white, pale blue and deep blue.... up close the petals are extraordinary, don't mew think so?


Moving on, we find ourselves at the echinacea patch, this is a furry interesting medicinal plant.  Apparently in tincture form it helps keep our hooman staffs immune system fit and healthy, so I heartily recommend using it to keep ones staff full of vitality and vigour, especially in the winter months, when those pesky things called germs comes out and try to make effuryone cough and sniffle.


Shhhhhhh.... get close and mew can see a furry cute bee having a wild old time...


Here we are at the foxgloves, these are one of the P.A.s favourites... and the bumble bees too.  Not that they compete fur the nectar, I must add! MOL

The P.A. does keep bees, she has two hives. So we get all our own honey, plus beeswax fur candle making [more on that another time though] 


And here we are at the lavender patch, this is always bustling with activity, if mew peer a little closer mew'll see all kinds of insects. But as they're hard at work, we won't interrupt them fur too long....


Just nudge it with your nose and inhale that heady wundpurr fragrance.... it's delish right?  Another interesting fact, lavender oil is furry soothing, so if any of mew have uptight or anxious staff, this is a really good one to use on them... just rub a little on their wrists/pulse points... and tell them to inhale deeply, it works wunders!


Now we're heading towards the lupins... these are lovely flowers, except fur the aphids... but the good news is, this year we watched the tiny hedge sparrows zoom in, and pick those meaty little pests right off the plant. This made us furry happy, as we do like to keep a completely chemical free zone. Plus the little birdies got a fabulous source of protein.


There are many lupin plants in all colours dotted effurywhere around the garden.


Heading onto the path, we have a nice selection of pinks... these are furry purretty little flowers, but a lot of dead heading is required, otherwise mew only get one good show a season.


Here we are in the courtyard, this is the P.A.s favourite rose, it's called Gertrude Jekyll, a furry old fashioned rose with lovely deep pink tones and a delightful fragrance.  Don't get too close though, the thorns are vicious!


As we round back onto the lawn we can see some more pinks, and a few yellow snapdragons, which I find so funny as they never snap at me and they don't breathe fire either! 


As we head towards the buddleia, or butterfly bush, mew'll smell the heady sweet heady scent and we can see quite a few varieties of butterflies...  we have even sighted a really unusual bright yellow one before, so that was furry exciting...  This one though is called a Peacock butterfly,


this one is a Painted Lady


and this one is a Brimstone [no fire included]

 And finally we finish our tour at the highly fragrant honeysuckle bush, feel free to take a deep breath and enjoy the exquisite aroma....

Well, we've come to the end of the tour, I do hope mew've enjoyed yourselves and if mew'd like any refreshments such as tea and cake or some salmon sandwiches, purrlease make yourselves at home on the patio, and Amber and Snowie will be your servers.

Image courtesy of [Apolonia] /

Image courtesy of [duron123] /

Image courtesy of [tiramisustudio] /


If mew have any questions, feel free to ask away and I'll do my furry bestest to answer.

We've really enjoyed your company today, mew've been the best tour group effur! 

We'll be back on Wednesday, with another riveting episode of The Pink Flamingo Saga, so don't miss out on that, in the meantime though...

Enjoy the rest of your stay

Bestest purrs

Basil & Co xox


  1. It's looking lovely!!

    1. Thank you, and for stopping by too! xox

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    1. Thanks effurso much, my supurr husky furriends! XOX

  3. basil, yur gardin iz rockin AWESUM.....we had a fair lee nice one til de naybor hood vizshuz rabbit came bye N eated everee thing kleer down two de soil......hizzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    1. Not a vizshuz rabbit, my goodness that's no good at all... ah well, mew're welcome here anytime mew like, there's no vizshuz rabbits because I eat them all!!! They get Widdanated ~ Muwahahahahaaaa xox

  4. Oh my your tour was just GORGEOUS! The flowers are so lovely and I can smell their fragrance from here! Thank you for providing such lovely treats too!

    1. Thank mew, and we're so purrlease mew enjoyed your visit and afternoon tea too! XOX

  5. Wow! You have magnificent flower gardens. Someone certainly has a green thumb! Are your paws green too? Thank you for the delicious tea and cakes. ♥

    1. Thanks furry much, no our paws are definitely not green!!! MOL Glad mew enjoyed the tour and tea XOX

  6. Wowwee! Those flowers are just gorgeous!

  7. What a beautiful tour! Thank you for hosting (and for the dee-licious noms!)

    1. Mew are furry welcome and we are so glad mew enjoyed your visit! XOX

  8. So many pretty flowers and good eats too.

    cats of wildcat woods

    1. So glad mew all stopped by and enjoyed tea too! XOX

  9. What a fabulous garden for Basil and friends to play in!

    1. Hiya Pawesome Cats, thanks fur stopping by and we're glad mew had fun! XOX

  10. Beautiful garden, thanks for taking us on a tour of it! Thanks for stopping by too.


    1. Mew are furry welcome and thanks fur coming!! XOX

  11. We wish we had such a garden Basil

    1. Mew can come here anytime mew like! XOX

  12. Wow, what incredibly beautiful pictures! Thanks for the tour and the snackies, Basil!

    1. Hiya Clooney, so glad mew stopped by and enjoyed everything!! XOX


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