Last weekend I was fortunate enough to join a delightful group of people from Llangadog Gardening Club on a coach outing to the Cotswolds. Although the weather was pretty bad on the way to the first garden the moment we arrived the sun popped out…what’s that saying….the sun shines on the righteous!! Sezincote ( http://www.sezincote.co.uk ) is an amazing garden with an equally amazing house with similarities to Brighton Pavilion! We had a wonderful tour around the house before roaming around the gardens and spotting other Indian features.
Later in the day we headed off to Hidcote Gardens http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote/
Lawrence Johnston created this remarkable garden in a series of rooms and one can meander through the garden being overwhelmed by the different views and feelings as you enter one ‘room’ and exit onto another vista. Colours blend in the borders and flowers weave their way through one another creating beautiful designs- it’s a stunning garden.
After staying a night in the Ibis Hotel in Cheltenham http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-6900-ibis-gloucester/index.shtml
which was really good, spotlessly clean, with tasty food and very pleasant staff- we headed off to Toddington to the Garden Centre. They had a large range of garden equipment and healthy looking plants for sale…so I had to buy something…two frostfree pots on sale £1.99 each…not bad!!
I nipped next door to visit the railway station which was charming- they sometimes have steam trains running through. http://www.gwsr.com/
Like all things in life it’s odd how the best things are always last! So too with our garden visits! I really enjoyed the first two gardens but Kiftsgate Court Garden http://www.kiftsgate.co.uk/ was outstanding! Just too many oohs and aahs to describe the place you’ll just have to visit yourselves!
Coming back home to a dreadful few days of wind and rain my poor garden looked quite tattered. The sun came out today and after a tidy up bits of it look much better and now I’m inspired by my garden visits to create more borders and plant more flowers !