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A visit to Lindak's garden on Sunday as part of the Belper open gar...


T and I had been looking forward to visiting the open gardens in Belper and especially meeting Linda and her husband Gerry. The weather was just right for walking around the gardens, a little breezy at times but warm and sunny. This amusing Dodgem Car in this display caught our eye in the Memorial Gardens..

Belper is quite hilly and several of the gardens were terraced with a great many steps to reach the top of the gardens. We were intrigued by the cottages built onto the side of a quarry with the back gardens separated into 3 or four levels. I was so busy looking at plants and chatting to owners that I only took a few photo’s. This was the first level of one of the terraced back gardens…

They went up another 3 levels just as steep….
Their front gardens were across a narrow lane and ran down to the bank of the river Derwent. Many of these terraces were wonderfully laid out with vegetable plots then opening onto grassed areas with Gunneras, some lovely trees, ponds, orchards and seating to sit by the river bank. One garden in particular had cottage style planting either side of the path down to the river. I was fascinated by this low hedging and the owner explained to me how to achieve the look. I would like to have a go at this…

I loved his cottage style garden…

We chatted for quite some time about the lovely gardens to a very nice lady and it wasn’t until we were saying goodby that the garden owner told her not to wear so much bling next time she visited!!. That was when I really looked at her….She was the mayoress and I hadn’t noticed the chain of office around her neck….lol. I explained that unless she looked like a flower I wouldn’t really have looked at her properly…
We got to Linda’s garden just before lunchtime and I recognised the front garden as soon as we walked up to it. The only thing I can say is that it looks great in the photos but they just don’t do it justice. It’s beautiful to see. Linda and Gerry have worked so hard to get the soil and lawn in perfect condition. The plants and shrubs are so lush and healthy and the choice of plants really made their garden stand out from their neighbours.
The back garden is a real treat to see. So tidy yet full of flowers, fruit trees, vegetables and her amazing bonsai are brilliant. She has a greenhouse growing tomatoes which are ripening quickly, cucumbers which they are already picking and some lovely sweet pepper plants loaded with fruit. I wish I had taken more photo’s but here is Linda and Gerry (I did ask her to pose provocatively) in front of the lovely border at the top Lt side of their garden.

It was lovely to meet Linda and Gerry and actually walk around their lovely garden. (I wish I had brought myself up to date with Linda’s bloggs because I didn’t realise it had been her birthday until a few minutes ago and I would have liked to have taken a card and a gift.) We also really enjoyed a couple of almond short bread biscuits and crystalised ginger cake……yummy, made by Linda….. I also met Dusty. She is beautiful. She wouldn’t come to me but she didn’t run away, just stood by the side table and watched me.
Well, we had a very nice day out and called for a meal on the way home. Sorry there aren’t many photo’s. It’s a pity there aren’t more of you living nearer to us. We need more Goyers in our area….. Must get over to see Irene24 and see how she is getting on with her garden revamp.
I hope you have all had a great weekend.

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So glad you had a great time,H.bird,and met up with Linda and her OH.It's lovely to meet with other Goyers,isn't it? we have never been to Belper,but what a pretty place,and lovely Linda's garden and nice to see a photo of her and OH..nice to see who I am chatting to.. love the pose too..:o) So much work has gone into them all,so I hope they did well..thanks for sharing:o)

30 Jun, 2013


sounds like you had a lovely day out. I love the photos of the cottage type garden and it must have been great to meet up with other goyers, Linda does have a beautiful garden too:-)

1 Jul, 2013


What a cheerful blog :o) It must have been a lovely experience to see those gardens, and to meet Linda also.

1 Jul, 2013


Lovely blog Sheila and glad you and your husband had such a lovely time visiting all the gardens (the weather stayed good too!!!. It was lovely to meet you both and glad I didn't break the camera!! when you took my picture. The mayor visited all the gardens and stayed quite a while with us. She said we were the only ones with ripe tomatoes. She must have been tired after her day. I hope she has a great year in office. Anyway, glad you enjoyed the cake, it all went. The cats total is now over £100 so will give them the final amount near Christmas. Once again, glad you could come and visit. Linda and Gerry x

4 Jul, 2013

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