Lovely outing for St. Valentine's Day yesterday to Savill Garden near Egham in Surrey. The real gift was that lovely Mr Shoestring gave up an afternoon of rugby watching to come with me ! Also lovely were the beautiful camellias all over the garden which we saw on a sunny winter's afternoon. Golly my nose was cold by the time we were finished ! I think the temperature was around 4C at 3pm !
Camellias are not something we grow in the garden at present but I think we might get some. They were like a cross between roses and rhododendrons and came in all sorts of colours and some were as big as trees, very impressive.
We also saw lots of tiny daffodils, some giant snowdrops from the Carpathians and hundreds of crocuses. The temperate house had more camellias and geraniums being trained up the walls, which I have never seen before.
Lots of ideas from this garden which was founded in the 1930s by Sir Savill. We did have to pay 2 pounds for parking, but after that entry was free, which we thought was a bargain. Normally the entrance fee is 9.75 pounds per adult !
We did notice that quite a few cars were parked in the lay-by just down the lane so they didn't even have to pay for parking ! There are also some great walks to see an obelisk and a picturesque bridge from here but it was too cold to do any of those yesterday. We'll just have to go back !
Did you have a frugal celebration yesterday ?