“Sheila’s Cafe” – The Garden of Two Hardy Planters’

We spend many days visiting gardens all over the country, several of them large gardens run by the RHS or the NT, which we enjoy greatly. But we enjoy even more small gardens in our own county of Shropshire or in the neighbouring counties of ~Hereford, Staffordshire and Cheshire, many of them opening under the auspices of the National Garden Scheme. But most of all we enjoy our visits with the Shropshire Branch of the Hardy Plant Society, and in particular gardens tended by fellow members.

On a wet, dull, chilly mid-June day we visited just such a garden a few miles from our home in the Shropshire Hills.

Fairview is the garden of Geoff and Sheila Aston and although not a large garden it has a large heart. It welcomed us with such warmth.

It invited us to follow its paths and discover its secrets hidden behind hedges and around corners.

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When we think back to this garden we think of Sheila’s Café and the tidiest garden shed in the world. I will admit to experiencing a bout of “shed envy” – just how does Geoff keep his work spaces so tidy and well organised? This shed envy was closely followed by “compost heap envy”!

Sheila had turned the garage into a café where we met for a coffee and cakes and a chat about the garden before we had a slow wander. Now that is what I call a welcome!

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Before finishing our tour we were to be impressed by the veggie patch.

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Off to Holly Cottage now – just a short journey down a maze of Shropshire lanes. (see next post)

About greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.
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6 Responses to “Sheila’s Cafe” – The Garden of Two Hardy Planters’

  1. What a delightful garden and what a treat to be given a guided tour on such a day as this! Quite warms the cockles! 🙂

  2. Just thought, if you like sheds (and wasn’t that one just the neatest you’ve ever seen?) you might like this, sent to me by my sister-in-law.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningpicturegalleries/9880141/Shed-of-the-Year-2013-entrants.html?frame=2485762

    🙂

  3. What a wonderful garden. I love the neatness – something for me to work on.

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