13.6.13

Open Gardens and... a Bear

I've never been to an open gardens event before so when I saw one advertised last weekend I couldn't resist giving it a whirl. The sun shone and ambling from garden to garden was like one never ending summer's day.

I was a little nervous at first but the hosts were so friendly and I soon felt at ease. When I asked permission to take photos they all seemed so thrilled in my interest. I can't imagine how many hours some of them put into their preparation.

There were some wonderful examples of my favourite flowers, many of which are purple.

I've never seen so many alliums. These were our favourite.

I love seeing gardeners encouraging wildlife into their city spaces

and growing their own produce. These were grown by a charming old gentleman in his eighties, recovering from an operation. Gardening fills his hours between Sudoku and crossword puzzles. How lovely to see strawberries uncovered unlike some that are caged off. He openly encourages birds to feast here.

There were some clever ideas like this geranium ladder

and touches of humour - we couldn't be further from the sea here in the Midlands.

So the bear... well, you couldn't miss him...

This fifteen year old bear, was carved from a single piece of oak by a traveller and was delivered in an open truck (lying backwards so the flies wouldn't get into his eyes!) He's named Moreton after his birthplace ( a layby in Moreton-in-March in the Cotswolds). So handsome!

The last garden we visited backs onto our local woods and was stunning. 

Each garden was different but they were all beautiful because they were loved. My favourites were the bear, the magnificent alliums in the smallest (lawn-free) garden and the neat rows of veg in the allotment garden. 

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16 comments

  1. I love looking at other peoples' gardens. We have a Garden safari in our village this weekend.

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  2. I love nosing round gardens, big and small. Those alliums are stunning. And that bear is brilliant! x

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  3. Yes Claire - lovely gardens and lovely photo of you and Morton :)

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  4. Wonderful. It is so inspiring seeing what beautiful gardens ordinary people have created.

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  5. Beautiful!
    Gorgeous alliums - the big ones are so impressive... my husband put some white ones in last autumn and they are also large but on short, drumstick stems, in the hope that they won't be blown over or trampled by the dog! Now they're out, they're fantastic (and robust!) :)

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  6. Beautiful alliums ... there are so pretty and I love Moreton ... Bee xx

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  7. A guy who lives near me makes "chainsaw art" bears and I am always tempted to buy one!

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  8. Such a pretty garden, I would love to spend some time their.

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  9. We did the same thing here last weekend. It was great having a legitimate nose round other people's plots and I came away with ideas and plants.

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  10. Sometimes I get more inspiration looking at someone's 'humble' back garden than I do going around the bigger set piece ones.

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  11. So much natural beauty! What a great way to spend some weekend time :)

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  12. Yay, summer! Those were absolutely gorgeous.

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  13. what beautiful pictures. Especially liking the first 2. Are those rhododendrons? lovely. also loving your scarf!

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  14. Such beautiful gardens, the coast path made me smile.

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  15. We also love visiting other gardens especially when a village have an open day. It's wonderful to see the gems behind the garden fence. I love the bear and the coast path sign as well as the beautiful plants.
    Sarah x

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