Here are the rest of the photos from our visit. This was the first time we had seen the roses in bloom in this part of the garden.
There was a beautiful combination of roses and penstemon here (possibly Penstemon 'Heavenly Blue', 'Sour Grapes' or 'Alice Hindley').
Further along there was an introduction of deep red with another penstemon (Garnet?).
Looking back through the garden the other way. I do like the formality of the hard landscaping and the yew and box contrasted with the 'floofy' penstemon. (I really should find a more technical term for floofy - exuberant, perhaps?)
We walked through more wildflower meadow down to the pond and saw flashes of purple (a type of knapweed, I think). There were lots of insects about and they seemed drawn to either my hat or my suncream!
This was the first time we had visited in time to see the lovely wildflowers and grasses. Usually, we visit before it has grown up or after it has been cut down.
We kept seeing flashes of the most brilliant blue which, I later discovered, is the male Damselfly. We noticed one had landed but on closer inspection, he had landed for a purpose! A polite term is the male and female 'in tandem', so I shall stick with that!
Walking back towards a much looked forward to cup of tea, the lavender path gave a lovely vista of the surrounding fields.
Back through one of my favourite areas, the Cathedral Garden. Meditative, quiet space, full of greens - pleached limes, grass and hedge - three elements working together so well.
Another view of the space.
We really enjoyed out visit and I am looking forward to the next one...
Also, today is our 20th wedding anniversary - I can't believe that it was so long ago! Those years have just flown by!