Today is our wedding anniversary and last night we stayed over at The Bell in Ticehurst, East Sussex.
The Bell is quite an unusual pub with rooms, which also organises literary events and a mini music festival. We stayed in one of four lodges set in a charming, slightly overgrown garden which was designed by Chelsea gold medal winner Jo Thompson.
So for this week’s Six, joining in with our benevolent host The Propagator, I have chosen six garden-related things from The Bell.
1. For the love of blooming madness…
…at least that is how Google translates this quote from above our bed. Perhaps French gardener Fred can shed some light on this?*
*Fred informs me that this translates as ‘For the love of blooming’ but not a standard blooming, a breathtaking, amazing one.
2. Ox-eye daisies…
…have somewhat taken over the garden this summer. I don’t remember there being so many when we visited last year.
3. Circular seating area
This cleverly designed area around a central fire pit is equally suited to busy events or a spot of quiet contemplation which is what I enjoyed there this morning.
4. Low maintenance perennial planting
As well as the pervasive daisies, the planting also includes Verbena bonariensis, purple hardy geraniums, swishy grasses, huge clumps of rosemary and giant cardoons which all seem quite happy in these sunny, dry conditions.
5. Bottle bank walls
Cages of stacked bottles make an ingenious and thrifty addition to the dry stone walling, well-suited to a pub garden.
6. Private terrace
Each of the lodges has its own private terrace complete with outside fireplace. The perfect garden escape.
To see what other Sixers are up to this sunny Saturday don’t forget to visit The Propagator’s blog and scroll through the comments.