Last weekend we visited three gardens in Berrylands as a part of the NGS, all gardens belong to the same family members and you can see similarities with flowers and ornaments. The first garden was very long and the owners cleverly divided it with bamboo walls creating separate ‘rooms’ and exotic corridors. There was a pretty lawn with borders, a veg garden and secluded sitting area at the back. All peppered with vintage accessories and art.
Foxgloves and tall lupins are on my wishlist for next year, and I am looking for old water tanks, galvanised baths, buckets and cans at car boot sales.
The second garden was small and sweet with a very tidy greenhouse (unlike mine!) but the main feature for me was the beautiful silver birch with purple clematis climbing on it.
The last one was my favourite, full of flowers, chickens, bunnies, cold frames with wonderful vegetables. It was also the place where the party was, tea and cake to restore your energy and chat about the gardens.
When I looked at my garden before the visit I was pretty happy with it but afterward I thought it didn’t look that exciting at all, it was too green, too bushy, no pretty splashes of colour. However, I was massively inspired.