This morning was just meant to be a quick whizz. Karen and I had arranged to visit Lodge Lane Nursery run by Sue Beesley and just forty five minutes from here. We had met Sue briefly at the Malvern Show and have communicated on Twitter and read each other's blogs. I realised that I had visited the nursery under its previous ownership. I liked Sue's blog. We liked her plant list. We thought we would just go and have a look. This is easy for me from here but a bit more of a challenge for Karen who needs to travel for a couple of hours to get even to my house. But suddenly it all came together. We could go, today, not for long. Karen could stay overnight with her mother so we could get on the way early. I could have a morning off from elder care. Let's go.
And it was just the best morning ever. Sue was lovely. The garden was amazing with that perfect combination of the beds that make you gasp with delight and the bits that Sue is planning to change and the bits that have some stunning plant combinations and some that have got charmingly away and some that just need a kick up the arse (Sue knows all this. I fear she might know everything) . The nursery was full of things I wanted and everywhere had the energy and the fizz that come from people doing what they love to do. I took my camera but I was too busy having fun to use it. There was of course the moment or series of moments when I was just so overwhelmed by the distance between the whole place and my scabby field with its collection of sticks and nettles that I just wanted to slit my wrists.
But I came home and my garden still felt like my own passion and Karen came up with some stunning ideas for the bits that had been bugging me.
Just the best morning. Thank you Sue. Thank you Karen.