Green & gorgeous (flower farm) and sculptural setting (Bothy Vineyard) with Sian

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I first met Sian when I was running late for work one day, the reason I was late is that I had forgotten some houseplants I had promised one of my colleagues and so had run back to get them and ended up on a later bus than usual. Although this in the short term was a very bad thing in the long term it has proved to be most excellent as I met and got chatting to Sian who shares my love of growing things and doing exciting things in her spare time. A plan was quickly hatched to do some gardening related exciting things during a weekend and so we found ourselves at Green & Gorgeous a beautiful flower farm just outside Wallingford. There were so many beautiful blooms!

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Alliums nearly as tall as Sian!

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Sweet peas reaching for the heavens

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and pinks

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Vast carpets of colour

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After looking round the beds it was time to be unleashed in the shop where they also did a very good line in succulents (it seems they had word of my weaknesses…)

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Sian and I both ended up with an armful:

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(somehow a succulent slipped in there, oops)

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It was time for a quick pitstop at home (to get the flowers in a vase) before setting off to see the sculptures in Bothy Vineyard

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The vineyard was stuffed full of amazing sculptures (I thought Sian should have bought this one for her mum who keeps sheep in Wales). There were fabulous fish:

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Freaky faces

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fetching faces (would have gladly given this garden room)

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Metal men

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This amazing horse made out of metal

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Which I LOVED and there were some wolves to match

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They were definitely one of my favourites but I also loved the smooth & tactile sculptures like this bird

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And this amazing Turquoise goddess (if I had the money I would have bought her she was exquisite)

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And aptly positioned right by where the grapes were taking form

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And near the other maidens

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Meanwhile down on the ground there was some animal magic happening

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And some plant forms hidden in the borders

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And so after looking at all the amazing sculptures and enjoying some very fine tea and cake in the Vineyard we set off home with minds and stomachs full!

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