A few weeks ago a Facebook post from the Bishop’s Palace Gardens in Wells alerted keen garden visitors to the fact that their spring displays were looking pretty spectacular and worthy of a visit. Their contemporary garden, the Garden of Reflection, had been planted with 3,000 red tulips all of which were all in flower.
What great timing that Facebook post was! One of our longstanding Jolly Redders, June, lives in Wells and needed a visit, so after a quick phone call a Saturday visit was arranged. Tulips and tapestry…and a spot of shopping in Wells’ Saturday market. Marvellous!
The Garden of Reflection was indeed breathtaking, with red tulips planted between silver birch trees.
Spring is my favourite time to visit gardens. It’s quieter than in the summer so that means less jostling and queueing, plus it’s nice to pretend I’ve got the space to myself! Visiting in early spring before the trees are in leaf, it’s nice to be able to see through the branches to the other side of the gardens.
In the Bishop’s Place allotments everything’s ready for the productive growing season ahead. Incidentally, if you’re thinking about enquiring about space, we hear there’s quite a queue for these prestigious plots!
Everywhere you turn, the buildings and grounds are stunning.
Once over one willow bridge, you come to a lovely little building with a statue on the roof commemorating an early bishop’s dog.
No visit to Wells would be complete without a mention of swans, so here is a detail from some of the beautiful stained glass within the grounds.
From swans to peacocks, June’s Peacock Star cushion, which we delivered to her on the same day as our Bishop’s Palace visit. This is one of June’s favourite tapestries and she’s stitched it for a few friends already.
Side view of June’s Peacock Star tapestry, showing off its teal piping and red woolly backing. A lovely combination!
As always, I can’t resist doing my bit for Somerset tourism so would wholeheartedly recommend that you visit Wells the next time you’re in the area. And if you live locally, pop over on a Saturday morning to stock up on local produce, potter about in Wells’ independent shops and enjoy being a tourist on your own doorstep!
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