Yesterday, in an isolated car park, large black sacks with sinister contents were being transferred from one car boot to another…what was going on?
Don’t worry, it was nothing untoward or clandestine – just me off-loading unwanted ferns from my rockery rebuild to blogging friend Dorris. We had arranged a rendezvous about half way between us – which of course had to be a garden – and were duly thrilled with the chosen location, Broughton Grange Garden near Banbury. Both house and garden had undergone extensive renovation since 1992 but the main attraction followed the commissioning of six times Chelsea gold medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith to reclaim a six acre field for further development of the garden. The result was a stunning terraced walled garden with surrounding planting and paddock, and although the garden has many other delights including an expanding arboretum and wildflower meadow, stumpery and peat wall garden, the walled garden was undoubtedly the highlight.
We spent nearly three hours there exploring the garden as well as making each other’s acquaintance and the time flew past before we had to part company and head home in opposite directions. It is always a pleasure to meet other bloggers and experience the blogging friendship in a different dimension and we shared a most enjoyable day together, as well as sparing the ferns the ignominy of being consigned to our green waste collection – thank you Dorris!
I have to confess that talking got in the way of photographs much of the time, but do take a look at the slideshow below to get a flavour of some of the attractions that we enjoyed yesterday: