Day 1 was a trip to two ngs gardens open unusually on a Monday. The first one, 25, Bowling Green Lane in Cirencester, GL7 2HD opens about 8 times each year during June and July, is a large suburban garden with many clematis and rose covered arches and hemerocallis at ground level. It is well worth a visit next year, we were there on the last day of opening in 2013. The second garden was designer and writer, Mary Keen's garden at the Old Rectory in Duntisbourne Rous, GL7 7AP.
And lastly, the garden furniture very tasteful:
For gardens open this weekend: www.ngs.org.uk the nearest to Swindon is TWIGS on Sunday 21st July.
Day 2 was a trip to Special Plants for a talk by Derry Watkins on Salvias followed by a run around the garden behind Derry showing us her collection of Salvias. I think the secret is to keep cutting back and filling in with more palnts as the season progresses for a colourful look.
Here's what's looking good in Derry's garden:
Above some bright red Morning Glory plants growing up a wigwam structure, and below sweet peas climbing up another sort of structure.
From Special Plants, we drove a couple of miles in the direction of the M4 to Dyrham Park. The walk form the car park through deer grazed pastures is easy and relaxed unless it's 30 degrees. A statue of Neptune stands on the hillside and below the house
Day 3 would have been a visit to the Lavender Nursery near Newark Park, but it was closed on Wednesday, so a visit to their website is all we managed:www.thelavenderg.co.uk
Instead we visited Rodmarton Manor via Tetbury
We looked round the Arts and Crafts house and onto the gardens shown below.
It's well worth a visit, open Wednesdays and Saturdays in the summer from 2-5pm.