...I should have been painting skirting boards or writing essays...but I have cabin fever, and however much there was to be done at home, I needed to get out. I have a membership to the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, just outside Winchester, which means that I get free entry for 364 days of the year - and as gardening particularly fires my blood at this season, off we went for the afternoon. It might have been better if the sun was shining, but British weather is never that predictable, and I think you will agree that the rain lent a certain softness to the colours that might otherwise have been more strident. They are technicolour enough as they are - and as you will see as you scroll through the photographs.
If you would all like to put your wellington boots on, you can join me as I retrace my afternoon garden walk. As we stroll along, I hope you enjoy the peace, the birdsong, and the soft patter of the misty rain.
If you have enjoyed this walk around the gardens, you might like to send me (click the 'email me' link at the top of the page) your snail-mail address...I have three sets of three postcards showing plantings from Hilliers, which would look nice on an office pinboard, or in simple little frames. Free to the first three who ask for them :-).