My English garden fix, including family, friends, ballet and butterflies.

Something I really miss by no longer living in England is my own garden and visits to fabulous gardens and historic houses.

So at least once a year, when I go to visit my family, the visits have to be done. If time is short, top of the list is Hidcote Manor Gardens, in the hands of the National Trust it was designed by Lawrence Johnston who also has a garden in Menton south of France. That one is on my list when I am next time in the area. Hidcote offers you everything from wide grass avenues, deep herbaceous borders, to tropical areas, orchards and vegetable gardens. All beautifully designed and maintained. Below are a few of the photos I took.

As well as this pleasure there was also a visit to the Butterfly Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon and lunch at Bistro Pierre to celebrate the birthday of my brother-in-law Stewart. This lunch was further enhanced as we joined by some of the ‘escapees’ from the butterfly far. Very strange.

I also lunched and chatted with my girlfriends in Leamington Spa, went to Packwood House and the ballet in Birmingham to see ‘Romeo and Juliet. So I am very happy to report that I have had a splendid, family, friends, gardens and cultural visit. See you next time.