Rosa ‘The Fairy’ has gone a bit bonkers this year. She’s in a pot, goodness knows what she’d do if she was in the ground!
It means the bench is out of bounds for a while whilst she sprawls about and makes herself comfortable.
Update: I’ve always been a bit uneasy about a rose which has 3 different colourways on offer in the catalogue. According to the RHS, the pink version is ‘The Fairy’ and I see the online offerings now show this as ‘Red Fairy’. Looking at my rose and their photos, I think I may have a case of Rosa mislabelledanthicus!
A double Friday bench from my friend Barbara who took this picture on Friday 14th April 2017.
A timely find thanks to Philippa Burough via Twitter 🙂 You can see the original tweet + responses to it here.
I’ve also been looking into the soldiers’ stories commemorated in Pewsham’s street names this week. Chippenham must have one of the largest and most unusual war memorials in the country.
There is so much more to this garden. See the website for NGS open day details.
A recent find at Ball Colegrave’s Summer Showcase 🙂
Can you tell what it is yet? 😉
We have a new guest bench contributor today from the lovely Deb who’s kindly let me share the bench she found on holiday in Cornwall 🙂
I love how people are starting to donate benches to this blog via social media as well as email. Thanks Deb!
The signage accompanying this garden says:
“The Garden of Shadows and Repose invites visitors to sit and rest a while on its black hued benches or meditate in the shade of its bamboos- a welcome halfway stop-off on days when a fiery sun is beating down from above. Tree ferns, dense black clusters of perennials and purple New Zealand flax contrast with tender green lawns, drawing visitors into an elsewhere with close ties to the southern hemisphere.”
Garden realised by the teams of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire.
We’d only just arrived at Hardwick Hall when this unusual bench greeted us. There were plenty more inside which may feature at a later date.
I’d often spotted the Hall looming over the surrounding countryside as we whizzed past on the M1 to/from my brother-in-law’s in Yorkshire. I’m pleased we found the time to explore it on our way home on Tuesday.
I’m also pleased I’ve added a new county – Derbyshire – to the Categories section – over half way now! [30 down, 12 to go in fact]
Fun topiary and massed snowdrops make a fine setting for this simple bench which blends into the Cotswold stone wall behind it.
This was a gem of a garden with a great atmosphere and sweeping views over the rolling Cotswold hills.