We have to make the most of it when the undergardener is feeling quite good and plan any outings for the week before he has his next dose of chemo. Having had a whole day out by himself on Thursday (trains!) he decided that he was going to take me to a garden that appeared in last month’s “The English Garden” magazine.The garden in question was at Pen Mill Farm in Somerset and what a beauty it is too with lots of inspiration for late summer borders.
The borders near the house are packed full of beautiful colour.
Dahlias were obvious favourites, there were so many of them. This one is Twynings After Eight.
All these photos have been taken really as a prompt to myself, of how I can improve my border by the field.
So many beautiful plants, I can see that I’m going to be busy!
In the far corner of the garden we found a Shell House folly reflected in the stream.
The Shell house was built by the owners in 2008. The shells were added as and when they had enough to complete each section.
It must have taken years to complete all the patterns and find enough shells.
The planting near the house is more formal, becoming more natural nearer the boundaries, there are some beautiful clipped yews.
Also some little yews that have a bit of growing to do.
Behind the house is a large lake, complete with boat, a lovely tranquil scene.
This is where we had our tea and cake, but first there were some plants to buy.
What a fantastic Canna right by the sales area, the undergardener was very taken with it so I must buy some for him for next year.
A last look round before having our tea. I was very taken with this blue salvia.
I found a little friend!
No, all he wanted was our delicious Carrot Cake!
We then went north to Wiltshire to Special Plants Nursery run by Derry Watkins. Unfortunately the garden wasn’t open, but the nursery was a delight with lots of the plants for sale that I had seen in the previous garden! We came home with rather a lots of plants in the boot, but that was after stopping off at our daughter and family in Bristol and having a wonderful meal.
Which plants did I buy – all will be revealed in a later post, but they included a few salvias, a couple of dahlias, even a couple of plants for the woodland and a couple for the gravel area, to be put into pots. Special Plants do mail order seeds so an order will be going off for a lot of those, they all look so tempting!