When we were in Dorset, we visited a couple of lovely gardens, we belong to the National Trust and love to visit historic houses and gardens. I particularly love the smaller houses, you know, ones you could actually imagine living in and it is so poignant seeing other people's precious treasures, be it an old sampler, a letter or a photo, on show to the public - but gives us a glimpse of life in times gone by.
My favourite on this visit was a small house and garden just into Somerset, called Tintinhull. In fact only the garden was open to the public and it was delightful
As you can see, it is a "liveable" sized house, with lovely walled gardens with roses
I loved this rose, it didn't have a name that I could see but it reminded me of the beautiful hand dyed yarn that Kate (The Garden Bell) produces!
In the middle of one of the lawns was an Umbrella sculpture, very unusual, (glad it wasn't a windy day!!!!!)
I believe the yellow one signified the one yellow plant in a border of purple ones.
Then of course there was the Kichen Garden - here they grow veg to supply the restaurant up the road in a larger National Trust house called Montacute.
A lovely day out - but of course I have my OWN English Country Garden - ok not quite as grand or large - yes a much smaller scale
My tiny " kitchen garden" in the wrong place under the leylandi trees, is doing remarkably well!!
Not enough to supply a restaurant - enough for the Kimbles household for a little while!!
Lovely apples are forming on the tree.
the potato bags are coming along nicely
Very beautiful sweetpeas - such a vibrant colour!
mini cucumbers, ripe for picking in my conservatory!!
Ok so it is not quite the National Trust garden but hey who cares, its ours and considering I do not have green fingers at all - I am very pleased with my efforts so far - and there is nothing like the taste of home grown veg!
Have a lovely day and enjoy the sunshine!
Speak soon xx
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