It was an inspiring and delicious day. During our tour of the kitchen garden with Head Gardener Helen, these simple benches in the shade (it was stupendously hot!), one surrounded by Erigeron caught my eye.
One of our garden benches used to belong to my parents in-law. It resided in their covered porch and was a useful stopping off point when loaded down with shopping. It’s now our favourite bench in the garden and I love its more unusual design.
However, we’ve not looked after it that well the past couple of years and it was in sore need of some tlc. One replaced slat plus a couple of coats of timber preserver later and it’s as good as new.
Whilst we sat drinking coffee on it earlier this week, we talked about our bench’s former use and realised this was the very object we’d have taken along to The Repair Shop if asked, and we’d tell them how it brings back happy memories when we sit there. On the other hand, I’m happy to have my very own in-house Will Kirk 🙂
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!