Time, I think, to stop and smell the roses. There are many, but they are concentrated in the Anniversary Garden (yellows and mauves) and in Trudie’s Garden, a mixed planting of mainly HTs. This is David Austin’s The Squire, as beautiful a red rose as you could find. Unfortunately he is so heavy when wet – as he often is here – that his shoulders look like those of an exhausted yeoman rather than a proud squire’s. I’m pleased I added him to Trudie’s Garden, where various shades of red predominate.
Besides – this week I moved into what we affectionately know as ‘The Plett’, the original caravan-house we put up in 1981 and from which our first gardening forays took place. It lies on the opposite side of Trudie’s Garden from the main house and has been used as guest accommodation since my dad and I each built our houses in 1989. But it is time to develop tourism to Sequoia Gardens, and my house – Stone Cottage – with its gorgeous setting is the obvious first step in the provision of accommodation. I’m also renovating and enlarging a little building behind the canna bed to be called Croft Cottage. It will, in due course, feature in photographs and a page on staying here!