Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, lovely to see you, I hope you're ready to enter the refined world of another open garden? before you ask what the garden was called, and where it was.............. well, Hugo saw in the local paper that this garden was open for charity, on Sunday. He found out where it was, what it was called, and drove us there. I just went round the garden very happily, and never thought to ask him the name of the place.................... Do you ever do that? Live in a little dream world? Not paying much attention to anything?! It's especially easy to do that when you're being chauffered around!
Before I move on to the tour of the garden, I have to say a big thank you for all your lovely comments you left me yesterday, I'm so pleased you like the blanket, and that you were salivating over the yarn. I'm salivating over that yarn too! For those of you who would like to know how to join the squares together, I'll do a tutorial for you this weekend. And thank you for your nice remarks about the quality of the photos, taken with my new camera, it's a bit like owning a dream piece of equipment, owning my new camera.
And just while I have your attention over the crochet, there's an excellent Swap going on over at Melanie's blog, "a country dream". It's a Swap where you can give crochet or knitting, (or both), gifts. I couldn't resist putting my name down to join this swap, I must admit. It's the crochet that lured me in!
Before we went round the garden, (the garden of the house who's name I don't know), we went for a cup of tea. All these open gardens provide tea and cake, and I think it's an essential part of the garden viewing. I wonder if there would be less visitors if they didn't provide refreshments? I was lucky enough to get this beautiful tea cup and saucer to drink my tea from. (Now Vanessa, be honest, you actually swapped the cup you were given for this one that Hugo was handed, didn't you? Didn't you Vanessa? O.k. yes I did swap it................. but you know how it is? It's important to drink out of a nice cup, and when your husband has been given the nicer cup, what's he gonna do when you swap his for yours? Throw a tantrum? Not infront of all those nice elderly people anyway!) Actually, I have to say, Hugo was very nice about me having the superior tea cup and saucer, he knows how important these things are to me......................! It was kind of unspoken that Hugo would have the pick of the cakes after I'd pulled a fast one over the tea cup. That plate of cakes you can just see behind the tea cup and saucer was placed on the table, just for our consumption! But it was so hot, I could only eat one cake. Boy! It was boiling hot on Sunday!
Can you see the glare of the sun? The above photo is taken at the entrance to the walled garden. This walled garden was enormous. But there didn't seem to be much in the way of vegetables growing there................. strange.
And as we stood at the entrance to the walled garden, we looked directly down the avenue of trees, to the green houses in the distance. Last week I showed you some spectacular green houses, from the open garden at Lilburn Tower. Having seen those spectacular green houses, I'm now able to understand the scale of grandness when it comes to green houses. The green houses at this house were grand, but not as magnificent as those we saw In the garden of Lilburn Tower!
The impact of walking through what seemed like a sea of brightly coloured flowers, was absolutely GLORIOUS! The colours of the flowers, in the green house we were allowed to walk through, made my mouth water.
Once we'd had our fill of all that colour, we ambled back to the car. I couldn't resist photographing all these wheel barrows. People had been using them to run their plant purchases to their cars. There were a lot of plants for sale, at very cheap prices, so everyone was going crazy and buying, buying, buying. I did buy, not crazily, but a few!
The walled garden was set amongst trees, so it was a lovely stroll back to the car, through the dappled shade. We're so fortunate to have access to things like this garden, and I always think it's very generous of the owners of these gardens to share them with the public, and have people traipsing over their lawns and along their garden paths. Yes, some people's generosity is extraordinary.
Well my lovely Ladies and Gents, the evening is well on into its journey, and I need to go and have a bite to eat. So nice to have a chitter chatter. See you tomorrow, all bright eyed and bushy tailed! Love Vanessa xxx