My perfect afternoon involves a few key elements: a garden to nose around, some plants for sale, bric-a-brac to peruse and a cream tea. The Walled Garden at Mells offers all of the above and is therefore very much my kind of place. Add some freshly cut local flowers, a pizza oven and an adjacent field of cows and you’ve pretty much hit upon my idea of nirvana.
The garden has minimal hard landscaping, feels slightly ramshackle and is informally planted with perennials and annuals. Old apple trees provide shade and there’s lots of interesting sculpture among the plants.
While we were there, a team was quietly preparing bouquets of locally grown flowers for five weddings that were taking place that weekend. Here’s a selection of the buttonholes. Subtle, aren’t they? But lovely.