About

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My name is Kate and I am originally from England, although I now live and garden in Central Florida.  Growing flowers and especially cut flowers is something which I love to do and Grey Tabby Gardens is a place where I can share my passion for raising lovely flowers from seed to be cut and enjoyed inside.  I love to photograph everything I grow too, so that I can capture all that floral loveliness in pretty images.  Although my garden is quite large – about an acre – my cutting garden is quite small.  Through trial and error I have found what grows best and when in this climate.  I make loads of mistakes but I continue to experiment and learn!  There is nothing better than picking beautiful blooms that have been nurtured from seed and bringing them into the house or giving them to friends knowing that they are freshly picked and free of any toxic chemicals.  Zinnia, Larkspur, Celosia, Ammi, Orlaya, Sunflowers, Stock and Snapdragon are all grown here.  Those gorgeous Dahlias are also showing promise.  I also post about other areas of my garden too and about other gardens I visit which I find inspiring.  I hope that the information and photos that you find here will inspire you to consider planting a flower garden too!

I love to hear from people so please feel free to leave a comment – I will always respond!

24 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, Kate! I’m Debbie Browning (Generous Gardener from Instagram) & decided to subscribe to your blog since I love gardening & all things British! Are you retired & living down in FL? There were British & Germans who were retired & bought homes in her area (Coral Beach). My British friend (who was also my neighbor in the past) is living down in Ft. Laudedale with her son. She was recently put in a nursing home because she fell & broke her hip (she’s 93 years old!) & now I’m afraid she has dementia😔. Pamela was a very fascinating person to know! We went to Iceland & England 3 times (her husband was Icelandic) & then we did England on our own by buses (Winchester, Salisbury, London & Oxford) I enjoyed meeting her family members there☺️. The English gardens have always been my “icons” of the gardening world! Take care with the Tropical Storm Erika! It looks like it’s headed towards my sister- in- law’s in Coral Beach!! We were there just 21/2 weeks ago😫 God bless, Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie! So nice of you to stop by…I love seeing all your pics on Instagram! Actually we are not retired…still a few more years yet, my husband was relocated here about 12 years ago although we moved to the states about 25 years ago. I gathered from your pics that you love England and you have certainly traveled a lot! My youngest is still in college but now that they are not at home as much it makes it easier for me to travel back to Europe whenever my husband goes which is wonderful! Hugs to the doggies and to little Flora! I’m keeping an eye on Erika! 😩

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      1. Hi, Kate! I must tell you that I love your pictures of England (of course☺️), Northern Italy & Switzerland! These have been all of my favorite places I’ve traveled!!😍

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  2. Hello Kate! Thank-you so much for visiting my blog and for the follow. As you no doubt have noticed, I have been reading and admiring your blog this evening. Your garden is gorgeous and your plant-knowledge phenomenal. I will be following you. Best wishes, Clare.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments, Clare! Sorry it took me a little while to log on and reply. I am over in England right now and my feet haven’t touched the ground for the last week. I will enjoy your blog too. I am so glad I found it!

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  3. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment. Your blog is beautiful, I am looking forward to reading more about your lovely garden, your pictures are absolutely stunning too.
    Jess

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  4. Hi Kate, Thanks for visiting my blog so that I could find yours! I love English gardens as well as Florida gardens — I did several posts on my visit to the Orlando area last year, including the Harry P. Leu botanic gardens (http://gardenfancy.blogspot.com/2014/03/my-florida-trip-conclusion-harry-p-leu.html), and I so enjoyed my warm winter days there! I envy you your warm winters and ability to grow tropical plants, as well as your English garden, which I can’t wait to see! Best Regards, -Beth

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    1. Hi Beth! How nice of you to visit. That is so interesting that you visited our lovely Leu Gardens and thanks for sending that link I will pop over there right away to take a peep. So nice to meet you and I could tell from your blog that you garden in an English style – it all looks so pretty. I hope the weather has not got too cold where you are and that there is still plenty of fall left for you.

      Best regards,
      Kate

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  5. Hi Kate I’ve just subscribed to your blog. We know each other on IG – I am the_birdsnest. I also try to create an English style garden in Queensland Australia. I can’t help myself.

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    1. Hello Pauline!! How lovely of you to pop over here to visit! I really enjoy following you on IG – You have a really lovely account and I always enjoy seeing your photos. I am stunned by the beauty of Australia, not just the landscape and beaches but of all the beautiful gardens I see too. I would imagine you are pretty tropical – probably more so than here even, as we do occasionally get the odd freeze in winter. Thank you so much again for the follow! xx

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      1. Hi Kate, our region is called sub tropical. I am in southern Queensland. Slightly inland so we get cooler nights in the winter. Cool enough for me to light the fire every night from May to August which I just love and this period is my favourite. It is also the time that my garden looks it’s best. Australia is such a big country – it has so many different climates and landscapes. Xx

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  6. I don’t see a an email address for you, so will just post a quick note to you here. ~ You will love Butterfly World.

    I just looked through your latest post again, and all of those flowers of that wonderful garden are so inspiring to me. So much beauty to enjoy.

    I look forward to seeing more of your own personal gardens here in FL. To see what all you grow.

    Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady

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  7. Hi Kate I have been following you on Instagram, beautiful 🌺 🌼🌹in your garden. My husband is from U.K. And we have visited quite a bit. We love cathedral towns and the gardens. We are driving from Tampa to Pensacola in March and will pass through Central Florida. Are your gardens open to visitors? Kathy

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    1. That is so kind of you Katherine! So interesting that your husband is from England. I’m originally from Wiltshire and then we lived near Cirencester in Glos. A lovely part of the world. We are actually going back to England to visit family in March – maybe not the best weather there but I always enjoy spending time with family.

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  8. Kate, My sister-in-law Kay and I live near you in Winter Garden. Not sure exactly where you are in Central Florida, but it has been fun guessing!
    Do you ever let avid local gardeners visit your lovely place? We both follow you, and are fascinated by how you have expanded the palette here, especially for cutting. Thanks!

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    1. Hello Mary! Thank you so much for commenting. I actually live in Lake Mary so not too far from you! I am sure we can arrange a get together sometime. Its always lovely to meet fellow gardeners – no-one in my neighborhood gardens at all. I am really enjoying growing cut flowers and I am very behind in updating this blog because I have been so busy out there tending to it all!! I have just started selling bouquets at a nearby location so that is something I am focusing on right now. As soon as I get a few mins I will be back here to update. Perhaps in the next few weeks before it gets too hot we can arrange something?

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  9. That would be lovely! I leave May 16 for the summer, so if it suits you before then, that would be ideal. If not, we can always postpone until late Autumn. Thanks so much for your reply.

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