Sometime ago Miranda posted about The National Gardens Scheme where you can go into people’s gardens and be nosey. It is for charity though! There are all sort of gardens open to the public: medicinal, herbal, scented, small and large, allotments and massive manor houses.
Hubby and I decided to put a couple of dates into the diary and go and explore some local places. So far every Sunday it rained and yesterday we had our niece’s christening so couldn’t go either. But the garden gods were kind to us as it turned out that there was one just next door to the venue we were in! £2.50 can buy you a viewing, a slice of cake and a glass of lemonade – perfect!
The garden we visited was a small city garden at the back of a Victorian house, the owner has been there for 25 years so the space is well loved and established, recently she bought the back of her neighbour’s garden too where she built different structures. She designed her garden in green, purple, pink and white, there were foxgloves, passion flowers, geraniums, lilies, and lots of flowers the names I do not know. She had beautiful accessories, little cages, old zinc buckets, tin cans, water features, old tools, an old blue shed, lanterns and lamps. She even built a staircase leading to a viewing point and a little roof terrace. It was stunning. I got so inspired by the space, it gave me some ideas to transform our garden into something special. It is large and completely flat at the moment and we need to jazz it up. I also should revisit car boot sales for lots and lots of old knackered garden bits.