Today has been very hot and humid at work and it was rather a difficult day. I walked home in fabulous sunshine in the late afternoon and stepped indoors feeling very weary. P was there and I asked him if he was free (he works from home a good deal) to go out for a coffee. He's usually very busy, and I was hoping that we might pop down the road to one of our local coffee shops, but he suggested we go to the Walled Garden at Mells for a cup of tea instead! Well, I didn't need asking twice, so we hopped in the car and were there in 10 minutes. I've been quite a few times now and this really is a wonderful time of year to go. The sun was incredibly warm and the air balmy, and as we stepped through the door in the old stone wall I felt the stress beginning to melt away.
We went first to the cafe for a pot of Earl Grey and just sat and relaxed.
Unusually I came away without buying any plants, but I did take lots of photos
There's a sort of large greenhouse with indoor seating and vintage things and seeds for sale. What I like best about it is the fabric blinds. Aren't they pretty? Rather like a huge patchwork.
After a while it was time to go for a stroll. The garden is full of perennials and they are at their best at the moment.
I've never seen geranium phaedra in these lovely colours before.
Ornaments abound in this garden, and I love them.
Some are for sale. I especially like these twirly glass ones.
And this purple one's gorgeous.
They've recently fenced off the pond with these similarly beautiful iron railings.
In a shady part of the garden there are pretty lights,
and luxuriant ferns.
We went down the steps, round the corner and onto the terrace which overlooks the hills.
The old monastery walls were mellow and warm in the heat of the sun and the roses planted against them clearly love it there.
The perfect place to sit and soak up the sun.
Soon it was time to go, and we wandered out. I was certainly a good deal more chilled than when I went in. Proof, if it was ever needed, that gardens and nature are good for the soul.
See you soon x