On our very 1st day in London J walked us across the Thames to visit the Chelsea Physic Garden. It was founded by the Society of Apothecaries in 1673. ( using plants as medicine ) A huge number of the plants were familiar to me and are still found in gardens today. Some of the specimens were struggling compared with how they do in New Zealand. ( Kiwifruit and Avocados ! )Plants from many places in the world were growing here.
The next day we ( all 4 )took our second very pleasant train journey down to Somerset to stay with a very very special lady in her lovely home and garden in the village of Castle Cary. As soon as we were refreshed we were taken to an " Open Garden nearby. " It was the 2nd of many, many fabulous gardens we were lucky enough to visit.
It was a bright sunny day.