Have you ever been on a garden tour?
I had the opportunity to visit seven beautiful gardens and an artist's studio in the nearby village of Claremont this weekend.
Each garden was different. Some were formal and pristine, with each plant named and in it's proper place in the flower bed. Some were a wild profusion of colour and texture, as if the garden had just happened on it's own, without any human intervention.
Some were cool and shady with ancient trees and acres of green velvety lawn, and others were bathed in sunshine.
Unfortunately my camera battery died after the first three pictures, or you might have to plough through many more photos of flowers.
The tour ended with buttered scones and strawberry jam, and cups of tea served in delicate bone china teacups. Proceeds are going to Breast Cancer Research.
I'm not a very lucky person and whenever I buy a raffle ticket, I never expect to win, but guess what.... this time I won a prize! A lovely ceramic planter filled with nasturtiums, peppers, basil, chives and a mini cucumber vine.
A truly delightful afternoon.