...... but we came to walk in the magical walled gardens, home to the collection of historic roses designed by Graham Stuart Thomas.
This is the National Collection of Old Fashioned Roses.
There are two walled gardens enclosing over 300 old and rare varieties of roses. And it was a sunny blue-sky day in June... what better time of the year to enjoy such a wonderful display.
So much colour, I didn't know which way to look first.
Heaven must look a lot like this.
The fragrance is overpowering. And not only roses. Foxgloves, harebells, clematis, delphiniums, lupins, geraniums, allium.... aaahhh! The lavender wasn't quite ready... it needed another few days to reach full bloom.
If you love roses, this collection is a must, as it includes many roses that the Empress Josephine grew in her famous garden at Malmaison in France.
There were roses for sale too...... and if I lived in England I know I would have overloaded the MasterCard and gone home with a few for my garden, but sorry to say, (and happily for my bank account) I couldn't take any on the plane back to Canada.
For previous posts of my vacation in England, please scroll down.