On our return journey on Sunday morning Mrs Lenaerts welcomed us to our last Garden Visit. She apologised for her English and she was delighted to be able to talk French with June Larcombe.
The welcome was warm and she was enthusiastic about the garden of many rooms that she and her husband had made two years after the house was built thirty years ago. We were led down a path between high beech hedges (the new leaves on the top were brown after the severe frost that had also damaged many of the rambler roses of which she was so proud) Passing the ‘welcome’ token of an apron and flowers on the front door and another on the gate we emerged into the enclosed garden divided into box hedge beds with a paved path in the middle continuing the line of the house windows. The beds were full of alliums, tall Polygonum bistortum ‘Superbum’, solomon’s seal and several hostas.
The path led through into mixed old woodland with an area of grass mounds created by old clumps of Deschampsia cespitosa and several scented yellow azaleas. A special tree was spotted, Koelreuteria paniculata.
The vegetable garden was laid out in diagonal lines of different crops, which looked colourful and more interesting than the usual straight rows! Between the shallots were seedlings of Gilia capitata, later the blue flowers will attract bees.
Returning to the lawn we were treated to bowls of strawberries and cherry tomatoes, coffee and cake – a lovely surprise. We could have stayed longer in this gem of a homely, loved and well tended garden but the journey to the Tunnel and home called. For me it was a fitting end to a journey of many and various garden treats.