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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

A secret garden

 A beautiful garden is balm to the soul, and if you can enjoy it on a warm summer's day, when the air is heavy with the scent of roses and sweetpeas, so much the better. This is Easton Walled Gardens, near Grantham, Lincolnshire. It was a press day, and a real privilege to be invited to see the midsummer magic....

Gorgeous borders. 

Fragrant David Austin roses, I love these old fashioned pink ones, they remind me of my childhood.
I resisted the urge to buy a rose, though, as I know I would only kill it. The David Austin man gave a talk on caring for roses and he made it sound easy, maybe one day I will try again....

Hard to believe that in 1999, the garden was derelict. The Cholmeley family have restored it, and now it is open to visitors (

We were so lucky to have this little chink of brightness today, eating lunch outside with bare legs and wearing a summer dress and not being freezing! Well, I appreciated every single moment of it.

 Lovely lettuces in orderly rows ...


  1. That beautiful rose took me back to my childhood too as my Father used to grow them. I could almost smell its fragrance. Sounds like you had a lovely day. Karen X

  2. Gorgeous! Difficult to believe that it was once derelict! Just shows what a lot of hard work and dedication can achieve.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

    1. Yes, it's amazing. They also said they had to do it on a shoestring. I am so glad we got to see it in sunshine, it's hammering with rain here today!