Today I have been on a little jaunt, for which I must thank Vanessa Feltz!
No - she isn't a personal friend, but one morning in April I was awake ridiculously early and listening to her Radio 2 programme. I heard her talk about a garden that was newly open to the public. As it was just before my Mum's birthday and is situated not too far from her house (or mine) I thought this would make a nice birthday treat.
So it was that this beautiful sunny morning, I headed down the A325 to Petersfield, where I picked my parents up, then headed off again. Our destination, just outside Midhurst, was Woolbeding Garden, the former home of the late Sir Simon Sainsbury. Between 1973 and his death in 2006, Sir Simon and his partner, Stewart Grimshaw, created the beautiful 26 acre garden that you can now explore on Thursdays and Fridays during the better seasons of the year. It is well worth the visit!
Armed with my new camera, I took oodles of photographs (in fact I kept filling up the memory card and having to delete the less good shots!) Here is a taste of the delights to be found.
|Wide borders filled with a huge variety of shrubs and perennials...|
|Places you'd like to imagine were your own...|
|Yet more wide, wide borders...|
|Beautiful topiary and amazing espaliered fruit trees...|
|Every colour under the sun...|
|Quiet places to sit and contemplate, surrounded by fragrant plants and the buzz of bees...|
|A very desirable swimming pool...|
|Surprising, fruit-laden trees...|
And a botanist's dream of plants and flowers...
|You'd think I'd Photoshopped this to make it green, but that's how it was!|