The English Country Garden…

I don’t think there is anywhere better to be than an English Country Garden in the summer.

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New blooms appear overnight, flowerbeds and pots are awash with colour, the bees are so happy you can almost hear it as they go about their business, and the sight – and smell – of a fresh rose is an unparalleled reward for your hard work.

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Quite different to a crisp, clean city garden, I like the tumbling messiness of country gardens – the wispy tendrils of this and that, flowerbeds blending into the grassline, wild flowers and pretty weeds left to border a lawn, cow parsely creeping up through the herbs.

I have loved seeing everything I planted, potted or cultivated earlier in the year slowly coming to life in the past weeks – dahlias, nemetia, cosmos, romneya, hydrangeas, roses, snapdragons, foxgloves, poppies and more.

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And in our village, the most beautiful garden I have ever seen is really starting to come to life now.

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At the moment it is bursting with stocks, poppies and lupins. The colours are glorious. This garden has to be my touchpoint for the seasons – as the weeks grow hotter or colder, the weather wetter or drier, this stunning garden, sweeping down the valley in a sea of colour, seems to sing with joy at being alive. The are flowers here all year round, seasonal and plentiful, it is such a treat to see it every day.

And inside the house, the garden is making itself known too…this morning I filled a vase with blooms, all picked, still wet with dew, from our own flowerbeds.

Fresh flowers from your own garden are one of life’s joys. And they’re free. Amazing…

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