We live fairly close to Polesden Lacey National Trust in Surrey and I’ve visited it quite a few times over the past few years. I love the gardens – the snowdrops are lovely in early spring, there is a beautiful display of peonies and allium, and the long borders are spectacular in summer. But the real highlight is the walled rose garden. For some reason I’ve never managed to visit before while the roses were in full bloom, so this year I made it a priority to get there in June while they were looking their best.
We had a fairly brisk look around the rose garden, as Max was determined to race through, but there was enough time to take a few photos and take in the beautiful scent of the huge variety of roses on display. It was so beautiful we took our monthly family photos in one corner of the garden, which you can see in my June Me and Mine post.
The long borders are one of my favourite parts of Polesden Lacey. They have a fabulously long season, with great colours popping out all over the place, as one plant takes over from the next to bloom. Yellow isn’t a colour I tend to use in my garden at all, but every time I see it in other gardens I wonder why not, as it just lifts the whole colour scheme.
Our National Trust passes really are some of the best value things we’ve bought as a family – it’s provided so many lovely days out, both as a family and for me while I’m on maternity leave. Do you have a favourite National Trust property? I’m always after ones to add to my list!
Address: Great Bookham, near Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD