August Bank Holiday Monday, and the last bank holiday before Christmas, so we decided to make the most of the fact that it wasn't actually raining and go out visiting two of our favourite local gardens. These photos are from The Garden House, Saxby, which I last visited back in April/May. The house and garden are in a small village, off the beaten path and the setting is quiet which immediately gives a feeling of relaxation. In April/May, the owner was very apologetic on that occasion as he had lost a lot of plants over the winter and was concerned that things weren't looking as good as usual. No such issues this visit! There was a riot of planting, with lots of cosmos, nicotiana and petunias.
The hard landscaping gives the garden wonderful 'bones', with interesting vistas wherever you look. The formal layout of some of the areas really appeals to me, with the 'floofy' planting inside.
The Cathedral garden had the addition of an organic flowing sculpture that turned out to be a gate, set with slabs of agate - a little play on words from the artist there - this gate complemented the formality of the pleached trees beyond.
This quiet and contemplative space is one of my favourite parts of this garden, surprisingly, as it is devoid of any other planting. The sun obligingly shone for me, giving an added dimension of shadows.
Perhaps one day, I'll be able to have a garden like this...I can dream.