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18/06/2017 § 2 Comments

Broad Street, Alresford

Today, on the hottest day of the year so far in Alresford – a pretty market town just a few miles from Winchester – many residents of the aptly named Broad Street opened their garden gates and WOW was it a surprise just what hides behind those elegant facades.

It was extraordinary and a wonderful way to spend Sunday afternoon.  Many gardens are incredibly long with different ‘rooms’ to meander through.  Towards the lower end of the street, the gardens back onto the river and 12th century bridge.  There are courtyards and terraces, summerhouses and thatched outhouses.  So much to see and then of course, there are the plants and flowers – so beautiful and so many different styles of planting.

In one back garden, there was a covered walkway between the house and annexe with a chain downpipe linked up to a water feature.  I definitely want one of those next time I build a summerhouse!

I have enjoyed the afternoon though it was mighty HOT.  During the week I spent an evening at Mottisfont in the world famous walled rose gardens.  More pictures next time. Hampshire is a wonderful county, with so much to see and enjoy.  I’m jaunting west next week so expect some more photos with boats!

Adaliza

PS :: Thank you Clare for reminding me about the cake – how could I forget?  Yes, there were lots of cake stalls and plant stalls as well as a duck race at a local very large house, though that wasn’t officially part of the Open Gardens.  My friend and I had 2 slices of Victoria Sponge, both were outstanding.  We fairly waddled around those gardens after that!

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