Wells WI "Blooming Fun" gardening group only recently formed. We have already been able to meet via zoom, and discuss what each member can bring, share or would like to gain from the group. Sharing plants from our gardens, for me has been a joy. During the recent very restricted possibilities, Wells WI has devised many solutions to bring a sense of connection and also open up new opportunities for our members. This gardening group is lead by two members, along with input from all interested members.
Today we had our first outside meeting. For our first garden visit the weather was absolutely glorious, if a little cold and breezy . At Yeo's Organic Gardens, blue skies, good paths and just the joy of being able to be outside together meant that our two hour morning slot just whizzed by. We went round in small numbers, but would often call out: " Did you see....." which meant turning back and retracing our steps and discovering little tucked away gardens easily missed.
As this was one of my first outings, with friends, since the most recent lock down, and also my first visit to this garden, I was not really concentrating on taking pictures. At each turn were areas to beguile.
In a small enclosed woodland, Himalayan Birch trees grow tall and straight. Although one's eye is drawn to the far side of the woodlands, one cannot but also pause, taking note and admiring the large range of spring woodland plants covering the ground, as in a Millefleur Tapestry.
Already the fine crosiers of ferns and young leaves of foxglove plants look forward to the shadier months when the violets, anemones, scilla, and erythroniums and many others will have fallen to their summer rest.
One cannot help but be drawn, and then smile as with each step woodland reflections curve and shimmer. I get a sense of theatre and drama and of movement.
Today it was the reflections which resonated with me. It seems this space has its very own mood encapsulated by this figure of a man balanced exquisitely and mirrored on the calm surface as if in a trace.
Each area felt different, whether enclosed or backed by local stone walls, or hedges. Nestling within the Mendip, and surrounded by rolling hills there is a feeling of greenness and tranquility. I don't need this Crystal Ball to foretell many more visits to these gardens.