Just before we went on holiday last month, we decided to put off the packing, cleaning and all those other chores and head to Wakehurst Place, near Haywards Heath in Sussex for the afternoon. It was far too nice a day to spend indoors and Wakehurst delivered on lots of pretty scenery, stunning views and the general escape from reality we were looking for.
We wandered across the lawns, past the pond and a gorgeous patch of irises, and followed the stream down to the lake to spot for a picnic. Then with renewed energy – necessary in the 30 degree heat - we walked back up through the Himalayan Garden and into the walled garden. The walled garden was probably my favourite place for its major cottage garden inspiration and just beyond is the house and some glorious ombre style borders, another idea I'd like to steal!. We looked around these until it was time to head home (and get on with those chores we’d been ignoring).
It wasn’t my first visit to the jointly run Kew and National Trust garden (and I’m sure it won’t be my last), the first was back in March 2013, you might be surprised how colourful the garden looked at that time of year, I certainly was! You can actually go inside the part of the house too, but I’ve still never found the time – testament to how much there is too see in the gardens.
A little highlight was probably the moorhen in the last picture, he ran straight towards the boyfriend and I, then hung around until we found some bread from our picnic for him. He took the bread into the reeds by the pond and emerged a couple of minutes later for some more. He was obviously feeding some chicks and we repeated the bread-giving a good few times, I love it when nature surprises you like that.