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I have to profess a strong bias towards this garden as I’ve got to know the owner, Sue Beesley, quite well and some of my photographs are on display in the tea rooms. I’ve taken lots of pictures over the last three years but I won’t cheat – it will be treated just like all the other gardens and photographed this Summer once again. Today’s visit was purely to the bluebell woods adjacent to Sue’s garden. The bluebells have flowered late this year and I wanted to get them at their best. With the weather looking like it all goes down hill after today I thought I would make the most of a postponed job and some lovely Spring sunshine (typical that it wasn’t like this during yesterday’s bank holiday).
The bluebell wood is accessed by a path across a field by the carpark. This field becomes a wild flower meadow in early Summer and there are already signs of the pleasures to come, with little yellow buds visible through the grass. The garden and nursery are closed on Monday and Tuesday so I was completely alone in the woods, apart from the sound of boat owners calling to each other as they drifted along the nearby canal. I could just see their heads over the hedges as they floated past – I wonder what they made of me lying face down amongst the bluebells!