Last Saturday we finally got to use our '2 for 1' voucher at Trentham Gardens. We'd had it since June but couldn't use it until September because it wasn't valid during the high season of June, July and August. This was the first time we had visited since the lakeside walk was closed to visitors except those paying to go into the Italian Gardens. We had thought that we would take the Lakeside Walk first but as soon as we entered the garden we were drawn through the River of Grass towards the flower beds.
They had certainly matured since our last visit to the gardens a couple of years ago. It was a warm and sunny day and the late summer/early autumn flowers were still lovely to see.
It was lovely to see the Echinaceas as we lost the ones in our garden during the wet winter the year before last and I don't like to plant more in case they go the same way.
I feel I should know what these flowers are but can't name them at the moment, maybe they are Asters or Michaelmas Daisies? Anyway, they were such a pretty colour.
I think I preferred the informal beds to the formal garden but I have to say from the new viewing platform it did look stunning with the orange and red flowers and cascades of water from the fountains.
Behind the impressive new cafe where we indulged in coffee and toasted teacakes were some smaller show gardens. These two, the Mediterranean garden and the seaside garden were my favourites.
The Japanese Garden that I liked so much on our last visit had gone but it looked as if another was to be made as work was in progress.