Monday, 24 July 2017

The Topsham open gardens...NGS.


Last week, we had a lovely trip, trekking around the open gardens in Topsham.



The first garden was delightful, with some tree ferns which were

beauties and there was also a very peaceful place to rest...





















Everything was beautifully done, considering that it was once a bit of a mess!!!





We made our way to the second garden feeling very inspired





This pretty alleyway caught my eye.






The next garden was right by the River Exe.

It too was a delight...and the cake and teas were the best I've ever enjoyed!













































We left, feeling suitably satisfied!

On to garden number 3!





Garden number 3 was my type of garden, very much in my style.




The sweet peas were stunning...(better than mine!)









All in all, it was a  fabulous day!




Saturday, 15 July 2017

Gadding about!




It's been a while since I blogged!

That's probably because I've been busy, either teaching,

gardening... or gadding about!!

I enjoy all three but the 'gadding about' is especially 

thrilling! ;-)
























We've been to RHS Rosemoor...twice!

The first visit was to view the roses, which were in their prime...oh my goodness!

I have never been so wowed as I was a couple of weeks ago.

The roses were simply splendid!

We caught them just right!

I was in my element!















Moving away from roses...

Recently, we had a wander around the little village of Kenton.

We didn't mean to but I got the opening time completely wrong and thus

we had time to kill as we waited for an open garden to...ummm... open.









Kenton is delightful and as you can see from the colour of the sky,

 this was, indeed, a very hot day.

But tempers didn't get frayed and we had a marvellous mooch!






We then visited 'High Garden'.

This is part of the NGS Open Gardens scheme

as well as being an independent nursery.

I'm a massive fan of the independent nursery!! 





It was beautiful.







Last weekend , we found ourselves at Budleigh Salterton.

It's very unspoilt, as is much of East Devon.










After a wander (plus lunch)

we went in search of another garden...

this time it was ' Yonder Hill', near Colyton.










This was a particular

pleasure as there were some lovely meadow areas, 

which were absolutely overflowing with butterflies.

A host of other delectable delights met our eyes.







How about this whopper of a tree fern?!






And this stunning herbaceous border completed the visit.










Which brings me to today!








This morning, we ventured to Wellswood village, in Torquay.

It's a quaint little place with just one row of shops 

but I love it.

A brunch in 'Wellies' was the order of the day.






After this, we headed to St Marychurch where what I call

the 'Hidden Gem' of Torquay is situated.

Tessier Gardens...such a beautiful and peaceful place.






These Achillea caught my eye... I have to have these in my garden next year!





And the Dahlias were a treat too.




Phew, I feel quite exhausted after all that 

See you next time!!

 ;-)