Hi everyone and hello again!
It continues to be really warm in the UK (for a change) and I have worn several different summer outfits including this dress.
My garden area looks a little washed out and is not as yet exactly as I want it. The soil is very poor and full of flint and chalk, and, I think, hadn’t been dug over for years. When it’s the Autumn and we’re back to wet weather I shall get some compost and top soil and add that. Then I’ll plant more permanent plants. I fancy a yellow-berried cotoneaster in the corner fronted by a deep purple hardy geranium. Where the foxgloves are I shall plant a verbena bonariensis at the back and I fancy a yellow flowering plant with white/sliver foliage – can’t remember the name. It’s lovely to have this little patch, but gosh it gets dry and needs watering every day because of the condition of the soil.
This was Sunday the first of our forecast hot days. So we visited a garden, which is absolutely unique and in my eyes, very beautiful. I don’t really like traditional National Trust large gardens with their rolling vistas and carefully planted beds. This garden, Driftwood in Bishopstone, is open to the public and is gardened by Geoff, a simply amazing gardener who also bakes a delightful cake. It’s the perfect place for tea and cake!
And the reason I like the garden? It’s quirky and small and full of plants arranged in different areas or ‘rooms’. Here are some pix of the garden, and my dress, which was bought new during the lockdown from Mango. Remember those day when we couldn’t actually go into a shop? That was when all my shopping was online.
That’s Geoff and me chatting together at the top of the garden. Here’s another shot of the garden – see how packed with plants it is!
The quirkiness is everywhere.
I used to have one of those teacups on a metal spike in one of my gardens and bought, of course, from Driftwood.
The dress is 100% cotton and the material is very fine so it is wonderfully cool on a hot day.
That’s my birthday hat and the shoes were bought new years ago.
I’ve seen that horse in a variety of places around the garden!
I’d just washed my hair that morning so it was all over the place! There was a slight breeze
There’s a patio near the house which contains many succulents.
Didn’t I say it was a perfect place for tea and cake!
Actually we had our tea nearer the house under a very lovely sun umbrella and I didn’t take a photo as I was very much in the moment looking forward to my homemade coffee cake and a cup of Yorkshire tea!
There you have it. An unusual garden and an unusual day. Why an unusual day, because wow, it was hot, but just about OK to wander around for a bit and then sit and chat with Geoff. Altogether it was just the most delightful afternoon. Here’s the website again for you to browse and see more of the garden.
That’s all for now. I do hope the weather is being kind to you wherever you are.
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper