Monday, 19 October 2009
A Quintessentially English Garden
Mill Dene Garden in the Cotswolds village of Blockley, in Gloucestershire was our destination one afternoon in late September. I had read about this garden more than once in gardening magazines and realising that we were staying nearby, prevailed upon himself to whizz me there to see it for myself. I promised that the afternoon tea and cake would be on me.
I liked this atmospheric and shady nook which we came across soon after entering the garden ~
A hole in the hedge can certainly open up the view ~
Oh what's going on here ? Are we about to aboard a train and if so in which direction shall we head ?
Opting for Stoke and Derby on the premise that Crewe and Manchester are almost home territory, we find ourselves not on platform 7, but in the herb garden complete with this summer house ~
I would have been happy to take it home with me. Down some steps and onto the cricket lawn with its herbaceous borders ~
with original benches from Lord's cricket ground and its very own pavilllion. Oh to be able to have an 11th century church peering down on your garden ! ~
Then it was time for tea and homemade cake for himself and glass of lemonade for me as we sat by the pond basking in some warm autumn sunshine ~
In conclusion I liked the quirkiness and individual touches that were apparent throughout the garden which was developed from scratch by its owners. Maybe late September was not the best time to visit in terms of the number of plants out in flower, but then I now have the perfect excuse for a return visit in mid summer when this garden would probably be at its best. Have not informed himself yet !