Sunday, 7 June 2015

In English Country Gardens

Morning everyone, hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Yesterday, my bestest and our DDs went along to an Open Garden Afternoon in one of our local villages in the Charnwood Forest.  I usually miss the event due to this and that, but this year things worked out just perfectly.  The weather was super, sunny, warm but not too hot - just as well really as we walked a lot and it was very hilly in places! There were plant sales, and one house opened up it's garden as an impromptu café - the lady there made delicious cakes, Sue and I had pineapple fruit cake and our daughters had the rich chocolate cake - very scrummy indeed.

So, on to the gardens but I must give Due Warning - this will be a very photo heavy post!

The first garden we visited was owned by a sweet couple who had founded the Open Gardens Event almost 30 years ago...

This sweet little chap kept an eye on the proceedings...

The next garden was long and narrow and full of the most lovely things...

And of course, everywhere we visited there were wonderful flowers...

I was delighted to find that one lovely old cottage on one of our walking routes was open to visit - we often peek over the hedge and say "wouldn't it be lovely to visit that garden?"

Summer fruit and vegetables...

flowers, birdhouses and lanterns decorates the borders...

All in all, it was a lovely afternoon.  At the moment we are in the middle of a major "re-furb" of our garden, we have built a new shed and have almost finished replacing the fences.  So now we are almost ready to start planting anew, although there are some old shrubs to be tackled before that can happen.  But looking around these beautifully tended gardens certainly was inspirational, and gave some food for thought!

Hope you get some time to spend in your garden today!



  1. Hi Helen, There's no such thing as too many photos when it comes to the UK. Next to Wisconsin, it's my very favorite place! Lovely gardens.

  2. What a beautiful way to spend the afternoon, the gardens are amazing. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  3. What a gorgeous garden. I think that the open gardens scheme is such a great one, and I hear that they always have great cake which you have confirmed to be the case! xx

  4. I loved seeing these gardens, so inspiring. the open gardens scheme is wonderful isn't it? Every garden is different and people's creativity in their gardens always amazes me!
    Have a great week.
    Helen xox

  5. So nice to be able le to share such a lovely afternoon with your friends and daughter. The pictures are beautiful and it was a useful day too...lots of ideas for your own garden.

  6. Oh.. what pretties you were able to see! Great photos of them.. bravo! Sounds like a perfect day. I will be going out on our deck soon to check each flower.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)


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