It poured with rain as we arrived at Bluebell Cottage Gardens for our annual garden visit. Many of us have visited this lovely spot before but there is always something new to see and admire. We were taken round as a group but could wander alone as we wished. The friendly cat joined us and followed us all the way round but knew not to be in the tearoom where we later had lovely cake and tea.
Another week or two will give much more colour to the garden but it is attractive for most of the year. With the rain our evening was quite cloudy so not at its very best. They are open on Wednesday to Sunday from April to the end of September. The child friendly garden is well worth a visit and is now clearly signed. Some recent additions to the garden are raised planting for the vegetables and a smart greenhouse. The gravel garden has been enlarged and a very damp area has been made into a stream trickling over stones into a small pond which provides an attractive sound. A brick wall of old bricks with circular entrance now leads to the shady garden. There are also some old brick constructions where climbing plants grow and blue-tits nest. We saw the birds flying in and out but interestingly they would not go into the nest if either of the cats were anywhere in sight.
The garden is part of a Plant nursery specialising in perennial plants. They sell on-line and have a large variety of plants with some unusual types available. They show at the major RHS shows and have gold medals to prove how good their plants are. More heavy rain so we were glad to be in the tearoom but pleased to have had fine weather whilst we walked around the garden. Sue chatted to us while we enjoyed our refreshments and suggested we visited in May to see the bluebell wood after which the cottage is named. The blooms are all English bluebells which is a rare sight these days. She also said that apart from plants in pots or newly planted into the ground no watering is done.
We had members and visitors to make 22 in the group and I am sure that the garden was enjoyed by us all. There were carrier bags of plants being transported home and with the growing instructions given by Sue they should grow well in Tarvin and close area.will
July 13th is our next meeting when we welcome Caroline Gregson, from Tarvin, to explain her craft of willow weaving We will meet in the main hall at the community centre at 7-30pm