One of the treats MIL planned for me that week was a trip to see the University of Leicester Botanic Garden. I apologize for my poor photography skills. My photography and the primitive point-and-shoot camera that I was using at the time can not do justice to the beauty of the garden. Despite that, I hope you can get the flavor of the place.
|MIL (in the green skirt) and her neighbor, who accompanied us, admire a perennial border.|
|Contorted Filbert/Harry Lauder's Walking Stick|
|Gunneras get huge there too!|
On another day, MIL and a friend took me to a local, very posh hotel restaurant called The Orangery at Kilworth House. We had an excellent meal, although I can't remember now what I ate. I wish I had pulled my camera out to photograph the meal and the interior of the restaurant, because it was quite amazing. I think MIL might have been appalled if I had photographed my food.
|The Orangery from outside|
After our meal, we strolled the landscaped grounds.
And on yet another day, we took a trip to an amazing nursery, Woodlands Nursery and Garden Centre. This was the first time I ever saw a nursery with a restaurant/cafe inside. In England, just like in Washington state, the nurseries are open year-round, and so it is cost-effective to have a cafe inside where you can take a break from shopping and have a bite to eat. At the time of this visit I was living in Massachusetts, where the nurseries close for a good 5 months of the year.
|This little faux ruin was for sale at the nursery. I'd love to find something like this here!|
|They had a wire frame to make a chicken topiary|
They had some marvelous roses.
|I'd like to make a bubbler like this for my back porch.|
|They also had some lovely statues.|
|As well as a selection of Tillandsias in tipped-over pots with little ceramic figurines.|
|And others in saucers planted in fine gravel.|
|At the time I loved these, but now they are just a little "twee" for my taste.|
|Except for maybe this fairy.|
Well, I hope you enjoyed this trip to England with me! Check out Beyond the Garden Gate and see where others are waiting to take you!