But today was to be different,
because I was finally allowed to park my bike and wander in, thanks to the National Garden Scheme.
As you can see, today I wasn't alone, in fact there was quite a crowd!
The gardens didn't disappoint,
I passed these amazing and otherworldly gunnera manicata just as I walked around the front of the house. The leaves are still growing and by the end of the season will be so huge I could stand under them!
Through the bambo tunnel,
past a bed of white alliums, an all time favourite with me, as well as with the bees.
Ending up in the herb garden, laid out using petite lavender hedges and with pots and beds brimming full of fragrant herbs. Who knew dove could have such a grand residence?
admire the flowers,
envy the structures,
realise you're never too old for a swing!
and enjoy the sheer diversity of nature.
The surprising bright blue spiral staircase led up the outside of an ancient pill box to a rooftop garden. The perfect place to watch for shooting stars at night!
Vesta's garden was serene and cool in shades of white and green
but if you wander through this gate and turn left you can be sure of a cheeky welcome from the resident alpacas!
The newly planted oriental carpet garden is tucked away behind the glass house and nearly was missed!
No ride back for me today. I had to hitch a lift home - a flat tyre and broken pump... but it didn't spoil a very pleasant afternoon strolling through beautiful gardens in the sun.