August is most definitely the month for sunshine, adventures and of course cream teas, and last weekend the Stems team, accompanied by our four legged friends Barney and Willow, managed to tick off all three!
On Sunday we visited the quintessential Parham House and Gardens, an idyllic Elizabethan family home with its very own award-winning gardens located in Pulborough. The Gardens consist of a four-acre walled garden, along with pleasure grounds, an orchard, an absolutely stunning lake, a traditional glasshouse, vegetable gardens and an abundance of herbaceous borders.
The walled garden quite frankly has to be the epitome of every florists dream cutting garden. We were greeted by what can only be described as the most envious of scenes… A procession of colour coordinated gladioli; zinnia as far as the eye could see; dahlia, not only larger than Barney and Willow’s cheeky faces, but also with the most incredible of petal structures; phlox growing almost as tall as us, with a perfume that could fill even the vastest of rooms; jam packed and full of life as bees and butterflies busied in their daily routines all around us; the list could simply go on and on!
The pleasure grounds, long established and left in a much more untouched, natural state were so still and tranquil, the perfect place to unwind after another busy week in the shop! With a view straight over the sleepy downs and across the picturesque lake, we took a moment to just sit back and observe all of mother nature’s creations, from the thriving woodland orchids on the banks to the dragonflies dancing over the lake, there was so much to witness and to enjoy.
And lastly, the cream tea… Well, it would have been rude not to!
A simply inspiring day out and a definite must, not to be missed this summer!