At last I am regaining my mojo.....I am finding solutions to quandaries at home..... At least I am in a much better mood! Maybe my low mood was caused by the various bugs caught going out and then returning from holiday. Despite being poorly enough to spend several hours each day in bed last week I was determined to get well enough to visit the English Country Garden Festival at the Bishop's Palace in Wells.
With my membership I had planned on visiting each day. On day one I asked my neighbour and good gardener if she would like to come, and I was pleased of the lift in her car. We parked at Morrison's where you can get a 3 hr parking, and she was pleased to learn about this and the short walk to the Palace from there. On the second day another keen gardening neighbour took me in her car. On the third day I was fit enough to cycle and meet a fellow In a Vase on Monday enthusiast. I enjoyed hearing about Alison's garden, and her plans to develop her interests in propagation, and make use of her large garden. It is thanks to Cathy this meme, that we gain more knowledge about garden flowers, and find new friends too. Do go over to Cathy's Blog Rambling in the garden to admire her early Dahlias.
Around the Bishop's Place Gardens, I could see various plants being carried around...and I spied a clematis which really appealed to me. It is clematis Vienetta. It was on my list ever since I had spied it last year at Tatton Park, but knowing we were moving, could not buy it there. At last..... I have my Vienetta, I can grow it, cut it, and it will keep coming back....the everlasting summer treat!
Here are three blooms, which are sadly a little bruised due to the very strong winds we are having. In the little vase shaped like a stone along with the three blooms is a leaf from Athyrium Niponicum, which echoes the tones of the blooms. I bought this fern when on holiday in Frome three years ago.
To show there is light at the end of the tunnel, that I am no longer stuck between a rock and a hard place, three of my little stones collected over the years from different beaches.....
Last week due to high winds, the artichokes were blown over. There were two types of buds, these ones with extremely sharp spikes were definitely not for eating, but they have performed during the week with recycled Red Dragon.