We just had a lovely day out. I can persuade our daughters to enjoy a garden visit if there is a) cake or b) the beach at the end of it. Today it was b).
We visited The Salutation in Sandwich.
This garden inspires adventure.
These might be stegosaurus spines behind the dahlias.
It is as lush and jungly as Dixter (see my previous post, Into the Jungle), but with a more islandy feel. It’s as if we are spotting these shores from a canoe.
We swam ashore and started exploring the flora and fauna.
We weren’t sure if this was dangerous.
The colours were incredible.
We all followed our noses, indulging our senses, calling to one another, meeting and parting again.
There was so much to explore! Things to touch, see, smell…
Knowing my dahlia fetish, the girls called me over when the found a particular delicacy.
I thought I’d died and gone to heaven with that last one.
We meandered over to the perennial borders.
At least I did. The girls got slightly waylaid by the mulberry tree.
I like peeking though flowerbeds. Seeing gardeners at work.
They’re still there.
Mulberries are the best of fruit. They have a meaty, savouriness alongside the wicked juiciness. I did join in with a bit of mischief here.
Then there were a few cartwheels. There has to be cartwheels.
Whilst I enjoyed a bit more ‘looking through’.
Oh look, a tiny bit more mischief.
I love this arrangement of pots. Thankfully no mischief here.
We made our way past the lavender walk. My eldest told me to take a photo here.
Onto the trial beds of dahlias. I lost them again here.
I liked this free spirit.
When I visit a garden with just one of the children, we chat all the way around. When I visit a garden with the three of them, they chat, spin, dance, sing, climb, crawl, cartwheel and weave their way around. I catch glimpses, hear snatches, just get a whiff of the mischief going on.
Which is the way it should be.
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