Last weekend we took our friends Bob and Alison, keen gardeners, to the ever-lovely Winchelsea Open Gardens. It was a gorgeous day. We have been round those gardens many times but never tire of them - different ones are open at different times of year. It was a bit crowded, but manageable.
Beautiful though it is, I would not want to live in Winchelsea - the pressure to keep your house and garden looking sufficiently perfect would be awful. I'd be tempted to fill my patch with gnomes, with a strategically positioned old mattress in the front garden, ideal for lounging with a can of Special Brew, soaking up the sun.
Most of the gardens are behind old stone walls, to protect against the sea wind, and I particularly love climbing roses against the mellow stone. Here are a few pictures. Some of the borders were not yet at their best - the weather has been sunny, but unseasonably cool and windy.
|Nice pot arrangement|
|Pretty pink corner|
|Roses on a wall|
|Our current bannisters - too 80's|
|Neighbour's original open staircase, from rather an odd angle.|
Next, we've made a garden water feature. We did it from scratch, buying the pump and the pebble pool base, making a gravel-filled enclosure for it to sit in, and collecting loads of rocks. This morning I took the big rock to have a hole drilled through it, and now it's finished and bubbling away. I'd recommend anyone to do the same - we went to a monumental mason, and they were happy to drill the rock - makes a change from tombstones. The whole thing was far cheaper than buying a water feature from a garden centre. We are pleased with the result.
|New water feature|