or to admire the arrangements of peonies,
but to visit the private garden of the Nurseries' owners, Gael and Francesco Boglione. Sunday was this season's second Petersham House Garden Open Day, raising funds for the National Garden Scheme.
While their magnificent house and garden are adjacent to the Nurseries, up till now we'd only ever glimpsed a corner of the vegetable patch through the connecting gate...
I should have listened to G and taken more pictures of the planting scheme--the sweeping lawn, the beds brimming with alliums and poppies,
the walls covered in roses, and especially the 150-foot double border, of which this tiny specimen is my only reminder:
But of course this provides the perfect excuse to visit on the next Open Day. And I did get some snaps of the chickens and their rose-bedecked chicken coop:
Now I know exactly who's been making all that noise in the Nurseries,
though coffee at Petersham wouldn't be the same without a few cock-a-doodle-doos!