Tomorrow I am having a few days away with Karen and Linda going garden visiting. We did this last year in Devon. We went to The Garden House, Rosemoor, Glebe Cottage and Wildside. We talked gardens, walked gardens and were cheerfully obsessive. There was no need to worry about boring a non-gardening friend by taking too long or taking too many pictures. It was bliss.
This year we are going to see Beth Chatto's garden and the RHS garden at Hyde Hall. I can't wait! I have been reading Beth Chatto's books all my gardening life and she has shaped the way I approach the challenges of my soil and my site in a way which no one else has. My obsession with growing what wants to be here is fed by frequent references to her "Gravel Garden" and "Woodland Garden" books. I am fascinated to see what grows without watering in her dry Essex garden. We must have more rain here in Wales but plants that do best for me put down long roots (docks for example!) in my thin stony soil and I am expecting some inspiration.
I have a bag to pack, a camera and phone to charge and some maps to find and then I am off.
See you on Friday.