Our journey starts with roses (as you might expect). Around the first sitting area are roses planted by me
Rosa The Generous Gardener
Rosa Dorothy Perkins
Clematis also abound, again some planted by me and some planted by previous owners.
Clematis Venosa Violacea and Clematis Betty Corning
It's a nice area to sit, to eat, to think.
But that's not all, it might look as though the garden ends here, but it doesn't. There's a little gap in the 'hedge' under the naturally formed rose arch, can you see it?
Come with me and explore further.
The path winds round and there's a change of feel now. It's darker and shadier now and the shrubs reach skywards trying to find light. The Deutzia and Cornus meet overhead as though they're holding hands above the path.
and newly planted silene fimbriata are thriving here in the shade.
Another twist, another turn and the path goes through the semi shade under the snake bark maple where more roses, delphiniums and grasses are flowering.
It opens up here, you can stop here for a sit by the pond if you wish (you'll just have to ignore weeds in the patio!). There's sun or shade here depending on the time of day. There are more clematis, roses and lilies.
There's a frog wearing a water forget-me-not flower over there!
Another arch of roses and we're through to the veg garden where roses and foxgloves grow through the runner beans and squash.
We're nearly at the end - welcome to my favourite bench under the paper bark cherry.
If you sit quietly no-one knows you're here.
I hope you've enjoyed your meander down my garden, but before you go just sit for a while and smell the roses.
Rosa Chinensis Mutabilis