The Sock often feels irritated by her garden - it isn't big enough but worse than that it is done or just about as done as a garden ever is. It peaked a couple of years ago and continued messing with it in a change for changes sake way has made things worse rather than better. But today the Sock got a reminder of how despite it's shortcomings it really is still something she is proud of.
A walk on the South Downs this afternoon finished in the return through the pretty village of Rodmell. We had by chance stumbled upon Rodmell Open Modern Gardens - a chance to look around some of the village gardens from those of small bungalows to the local manor house. None of the ones we looked at had any real style or design, concept or continuity. For the most part they were merely a mish-mash of car-park shrubbery dumped around the edge of a mowed-for-the-occasion lawn. They were all right. They were pleasant. They were begging for someone with imagination to take them in hand. Even the Bedsock got into one of his rants at the missed opportunity in the manor house garden although his list of what could be done with it somehow included the placement of an infinity pool and a smokery as well as the walled vegetable garden!
To be fair these gardens weren't advertised as part of an NGS style opening, they were just local people offering the public the chance to see their private gardens. The Sock always likes to snoop around other people's plots - so good on them!
When she got home the Sock looked on her own garden more favourably - photo from a couple of years ago when that border 'peaked'.
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