Open Gardens Part I
Just the other day, I drove past some signs on the road, indicating that on the 15th, there would be Open Gardens in a village near us. Now, given the weather we have been having lately (and we have, indeed, been having quite a lot of... weather!), I did not think much more about it, until...
... on Sunday we woke up to the loveliest sun, accompanied by blue skies and lifted spirits...
Green with garden envy, I returned home that afternoon, with a camera full of inspiration and senses filled with floral joy. Six homes had opened their beautiful gardens to the public that day, all to raise money for the work of Julian House, a charity supporting homeless men and women in the Bath area.
The photos in today's blog post are all from one breathtaking house and garden,
which also enjoys stunning views across the valley.
One of the lovely things about Open Gardens is that you get to meet the owners and hear them talk about their gardens, the history of it and how they feel about them, which adds a very personal touch to the experience.
That this is a much loved garden is not hard to guess...
One of the most striking features of this garden is a seating area around an old well. Unfortunately, I have not included any photos of it, as there were a number of garden guests relaxing there. Even though I have got the garden owner's permission to feature her stunning garden, I was not sure other guests would be happy to be "blog models" for a day. Maybe next time!
I could have strolled around this floral fairy tale for hours,
stroking the lavender,
mumbling new ideas to myself,
letting out little sighs of delight...
...but despite its inviting corners and tranquil mood
lulling me into a very relaxed frame of mind...
(Click on the image if you would like to view it larger.)
...there were more gardens to explore - an opportunity the curious yours truly could not resist... Next time I will share some photos of another glorious garden, whose summer house I cannot seem to get out of my head....!
Thank you so much for letting us share your garden haven for a day, dear J and T!