I make no apologise for a photograph of the rose garden, rather a different perspective than one Charlotte posted, but as Roses are one of my passions I needed to post one photo of the Wisley rose garden at it's best.
The Country Garden is looking delightful with it's informal planting even though displayed in formal beds. I confess to being very disappointed years ago when this was first re developed with my love for cottage gardening, but I have to say that once the plants settled in after about a year it has been a delight for me to visit ever since.
One of several small town gardens which I always enjoy visiting because they are easier to identify with, with my own small garden.
Here the Cornus Kusa Chinensis is looking rather sickly, there used to be a very large tree of this where the Rambling roses used to be but it developed some disease and eventually died. When I saw both these trees some years ago I was so taken by their beautiful appearance with their bracts that I decided to buy one for my garden and this year was the first year it flowered and produced the lovely bracts. Of course I did what Wisely had done and planted in an open site in full sun. It was a mistake I do not think it enjoys full midsummer sun and mine needs a regular watering to perk it up. I notice that in the woodland area at Wisley the other side of the stream the Cornus trees do much better, perhaps a combination of some shade and damper ground.
Again in the small town gardens.
and another town garden
This is the Herb garden which again is planted in a formal setting but of course herbs are informal in their nature and the combination is very pleasing.
One last photo of Charlotte in the Herb garden. What a lovely interesting lady she is. I have so enjoyed her blog as she Gallops off to all sorts of gardens all over the World and am quite in awe of her achievements with the The Raven Foundation - a project to build a hospital for rural villagers in Rajasthan. I am sure that any donations to the Raven Foundation will be appreciated as I am sure any good publicity for the Foundation will be too.