CROFT OPEN GARDENS

Today was the day to go and look at some of the gardens in my village. There were many more open than I managed to view…… it was very hot and of course a lot of walking … some of them unsuitable for me with my wheely walker 🙂

Th first one I visited was at The Old Butchery, no longer that but the buildings once used for such are still there. This garden was huge and had many ‘rooms’ to visit. There was something new and different around every corner and a big surprise at the bottom of it! Here are some of the shots I took.

Too late for the poppies here but I love the seed heads.

Too late for the poppies here but I love the seed heads.

Another 'room' with one of several sun rooms

Another ‘room’ with one of several sun rooms

There are fairies at the bottom of the garden

There are fairies at the bottom of the garden

Impish grin?

Impish grin?

This was round another corner, leading to yet another secret sitting place.

This was round another corner, leading to yet another secret sitting place.

And the big surprise the garden overlooks the working quarry! There are seats here too allowing one to sit and watch the wildlife

And the big surprise the garden overlooks the working quarry! There are seats here too allowing one to sit and watch the wildlife

Another view.

Another view.

Next I visited the Old School House this one really was too steep for me but I took some shots where I could get to.

Walking down from the house

Walking down from the house

A patio area with many pots near the potting shed.

A patio area with many pots near the potting shed.

Next was the old Rectory. Again… a very steep garden as the house on the side of Croft Hill. This is quite a landmark in an otherwise flat landscape in this area. In the old days people used to take a bus out to the hill for picnics. It is a good place for birdwatchers and is also known for butterflies and dragonflies.

This is the view from the rectory patio area.

This is the view from the rectory patio area.

Another view looking towards the vilage

Another view looking towards the village

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The brook, leading into the River Soare makes a good drinking spot for the cattle

The brook, leading into the River Soar makes a good drinking spot for the cattle

Finally some shots in the garden of Rose cottage….

Bill or Ben the flower pot man!

Bill or Ben the flowerpot man!

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I know this is a bit odf  weed but it's lovely!

I know this is a bit of weed but it’s lovely!

All in all a lovely day out. And the muffins and coffee at the Old Rectory were delicious!

6 thoughts on “CROFT OPEN GARDENS

    1. dorothyag Post author

      It was indeed Myfanwy. just wished I could have seen more of the gardens… there were twelve open in all.

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    2. Barbara Clark

      Lovely tour of the gardens, Dorothy, and amazing quilts in the quilt show. And, natch, I love all the mandalas. That was a wonderful class.

      Reply
      1. dorothyag Post author

        Thank you so much Barbara. It really was one of the best classes I have taken. I still have a lot to finish for it too so it isn’t really over.
        The open gardens were great that year tooo. I didn’t manage to go this year… it only happens every two years.

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