Had the loveliest time at the Yeo Valley Gardens (the yoghurt people) on Sunday – it is the gardens where BBC’s Hive alive was filmed and it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I am in a bit of a rush so will let the photos speak for themselves…
a Mini edible garden! There were even tomatoes planted in an old suitcase on the roof rack.
I am going to have to do this in our garden!
wonderful sculptural touches throughout the garden
I don’t know what it is, but I like it
oh look a bee! I could soon see why this was a great place to shoot ‘Hive Alive’
bee and butterfly wonderland
made a note of plants for us to add to our own garden
there are metal sculptures scattered around the garden, and quirky gates and door handles etc
organic edibles abound!
reflections of Freda (my stepmother)
that watering can sculpture again…and a great bench
will take a notebook next visit to get the name of this plant, as it was smothered with bees. I remember it began with a T…
eco-friendly, solar powered slow cooker!
strange man (my strange man) and large metal sunflower among the strange shaped squashes
weird but cool
winding path through grasses
Freda and Mark
that doesn’t look comfortable…
every table on the terrace has a solar powered hula dancer…and why not!
tea pot envy!
popped in for a photo before they started serving lunch (the kedgeree was delicious)
I’m sorry, the signs for the ‘ladies’ and ‘gents’ made me smile!
what a big marrow!
the ladies’ cloakroom was made to look like a potting shed – love it!
wonderful selection of cups and teapots
here there be bees!
views of Blagdon Lake
the gardens fit in so well with the surrounding countryside
big beautiful bumble bee on verbena bonariensis
MUST plant sedums in our garden
For years we have been trying to find the right water feature for us – Mark has decided this is it! (I think we also need a small pond for the wildlife)
looks like some sort of alien creature
my favourite sculpture in the gardens
I would love to live here!!!
I think we may need bunny topiary…
…and a Summer house with disco balls…
comma on verbena bonariensis
love the starkness of the white and green and bark paths, and the planting of white cyclamen (although Freda thought the cyclamen looked like dropped litter)
mirrors in the shady Summer house
a golden meadow; home to the bee hives
We loved the gardens so much, we plan to go back on one of Mark’s days off next week!