Barnsdale Gardens on Sunday, with my friends Katy and Alison. Geoff Hamilton, the TV gardener, created the gardens and they featured on Gardeners' World for many years, until Geoff's untimely death, twenty years ago. He was a huge inspiration to me in my gardening and it was through watching him that I thought I might be able to grow things too.
It had been so wet, we wondered whether we would be able to go, and the weather forecast wasn't that great, but in the event, the heavens smiled on us and we only had a couple of showers. The gardens are about an hour or so away, but I don't manage to visit as often as I would like (I hadn't visited since 2013), so this was a treat. Thanks to the recent rain, the whole place was green and verdant and full of birdsong. It was really quite magical. Also, due to the rain, there weren't that many visitors, so we almost had the place to ourselves. Above is a lovely wisteria.