Sunday, 10 July 2011
An English garden
Every year in the Saltaire/Nab Wood area there is a weekend when a number of local families open their gardens to the public, to raise money for The Children's Society charity. There are usually about 12 gardens in the scheme, all within an area of about a square mile, so it's easy to plan a delightful walk that takes in several in an afternoon. The weather was warm and damp but the occasional rain showers didn't curb my enthusiasm. I'm not a keen gardener but I do like looking at other people's efforts! And, with careful planning, I managed to arrive at one that was serving cream teas (scones, strawberries and cream, with a cup of tea) at just the time when I needed a brief sit-down and a drink.
The gardens vary in size but most are quite modest, belonging to the detached and semi-detached houses that make up the Nab Wood area. Nevertheless, it is wonderful what keen gardeners are able to do with quite small plots. In the one in this photo, they were growing fruit and vegetables happily alongside the very pretty flower borders.