On our 2nd day on Jersey (Channel Islands) all of Anita's family visited Samarès Manor’s Summer Festival and Jersey Rose Show. Throughout the day there were various events including Morris Dancing, Dog Obedience & Gymnastic races and Story Telling.A selection of the vintage vehicles parked in front of the Manor house.
The Jersey Rosarians were holding their annual Rose show and these a just a few of the glorious flower displays.
All the roses were exhibited inside a marquee but far too many to photograph so here is just one of the fabulous blooms.
The gardens were created in the 1920's by millionare shipping magnate and philanthropist, Sir James Knott. They offer exceptional environmental conditions for growing an extensive range of plants and much of the original planting still remains.
We headed into the walled Vegetable Garden which contained this 'Apple Barge'.
This is a 2/3rds scale representation of a spritsail rigged Thames barge or 'Channel Barge'. Two reasons for it's construction: Firstly, a pratical frame for training apple trees; and Secondly as a reminder that these vessels were crucial to the Channel Islands economy before steam was invented. Mainly used for carrying granite as the flat bottom and massive strength enablem them to load and discharge on Jersey's tidal flats and sand banks.
Calendula's through the bottom of the barge.
During our stroll we met and chatted to a 'real' Jerseyman. This was the 'Storyteller' who is a close friend of the Signour of the Manor and his beaming smile tells you everything about his inner spirit and love for this place.
These are annuals in the Exotic Garden (sorry forgot the plant name!).
Yeh, I need a rest from the heat as well!
A view down onto the pathway that splits the Herb and Rose & Lavender Gardens. Established for over 20 years and and one of the most comprehensive in Europe this was the inspiration of John Brookes, the internationally renowned garden designer and author.
Aeonium in the "Hot Garden" enjoying the baking conditions.
A peaceful location to meditate.
Part of the Shade Garden.
An friendly 'Australasian' imigrant enjoying the cool, if muddy water, on one of the small pools.