|Dahlias in the Monk's Garden|
Since visiting for the first time in 1997 on a family holiday I have loved Avebury. In 2011 I came back (the Manor was not open to the public then) and discovered the Manor Garden. It was sizzingly hot and the Half Moon Garden brimmed with the scents of cat mint, lavender and honeysuckle and I found myself charmed by the Topiary Garden, having never really cared for topiaries before.
Today I skipped both house and stone circle and just spent an hour in the garden, soaking up the autumn sun.
|Monk's Garden, Avebury Church|
|Side entrance. The bench is one of my favourite places to sit and read in the garden.|
|The Lion's Walk. The white phlox in the foreground had the most delicious, nutmeggy fragrance.|
|Half Moon Garden with cat mint beds|
|Topiary Garden, taken from the steps of the library|
|Library in the Topiary Garden with carp pond|
|Pompom and cactus dahlia in the Kitchen Garden.|
|Usually I prefer the simple dahlias but half-opened the showier varieties are quite interesting.|