Home made Victoria Sandwich - scrummy!
Sometimes it's good to have a couple of hours off - I have had a very busy week packing and posting orders for www.nid-noi.com. I am halfway through a two week sale of Vilene Spunbond/Lutradur and I have almost sold out. I am slowly wading through all the orders and most of them should have been posted by Monday.
This afternoon I drove over to the the Sussex Prairies garden just outside Brighton. What an amazing place. www.sussexprairies.co.uk This is the second time I have visited. I am going once a month to meet my friend Anne Kelly who is artist in residence this year. It's great opportunity for us to have a catch up over a cup of tea and a piece of delicious homemade cake.
Anne sitting amongst the flowers, sketching.
Anne has an exhibition of her work there and is also running various workshops.
Even on a dull afternoon that was threatening rain, the gardens were wonderful. The layers of planting and colour are a joy to behold. Around every flower border there is a comfy seat or a fabulous sculpture.
There are pathways all around the gardens, in and around all the flower borders, you feel as though you can get - inside the garden.
The layers of texture are stunning.
The combinations of plants are very exciting.
There are seats dotted around the garden at regular intervals so you can sit and savour your surroundings.
There are great vistas around the garden with views in the distance of the Downs.
There are lots of tables and chairs outside in amongst huge planters of flowers.
. . . and there is seating inside for days like today with gorgeous little posies of flowers on every table.
There is large area for the plant sales - beautiful specimens - all propagated in the gardens.
So - if you get a chance between now and October - the gardens are open every day apart from Tuesday from 1pm - 5pm. I really recommend a visit.
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I'm off to pack up some more orders . . .