Garden visiting – for the last time this year

It’s been a strange summer with storms worthy of September, far too much rain and everything running at about three weeks later than normal. But happily our last garden visit of the summer took place on a good day, and the strangely delayed season hadn’t diminished the sheer amount of lovely things to see in either of the gardens we visited. We are so grateful to members who open their gardens – and who also persuade their neighbours to join in!

rose

These gardens were next door to each other, and they were both stunning. The sheer perfection of the lawns in the first one we went round stunned us all – the edging was so meticulous, and they set off the beds beautifully:

lawn perfection

But there was so much to see, we didn’t know quite where to start. Some of us gravitated towards the thriving vegetable patch, others admired the planting. We all asked lots of questions, often the same one – about the edging. How can it be so perfect, so crisp?

And then we moved next door. This garden is bordered by a stream which adds another element,

stream

and here the vegetable patch was definitely a focus – particularly for those of us who enter our own vegetables in the Summer Show, that is. The owner regularly sweeps the board, and we wanted to see how he did it (sabotage was not involved, honestly). But the whole garden was gorgeous and there were some lovely ideas here too, like the hanging baskets on the gate:

baskets

Here’s a gallery from the two gardens; just click on an image for a slideshow.

What a lovely way to spend an afternoon, and thank you so much to our hosts. You’ve given us so much to think about!

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