1st stop. National Vegetable Society plant sale. Day gets off to a very good start with purchase of beautiful tomato plants and of lots of expert advice.
Added extra’s – armfuls of rhubarb, advice on how to cook and freeze it and sheets of recipes on how to put all of your home grown produce to delicious use.
Through the beautiful the New Forest, driving slowly behind happy people to…..
Spinners Nursery. No tomato plants but a secret woodland hideaway with an amazing plant selection. Possibly the world’s most beautiful and tranquil shopping location!
On up the hill and left to Warborne Farm shop.
Lots of young tomato plants for sale but if your tummy is rumbling about its here and now needs, choose picnic provisions, still warm from the farmhouse oven.
Test your self control (the tantalising smell of hot sausage rolls will make you glad not to be behind the wedding carriage now) by driving the few miles to Lymington. Sit on the quayside and eat lunch whilst watching the boats come and go and the pier train chug alongside the sea to the Isle of Wight ferry.
Last stop of the day. Pennington House. Wander through the gardens and take tea on the lawn.
Admire the walled organic kitchen gardens and the long glasshouses that hug one entire side and when you have steadied yourself from the heady smell of jasmine, inspect the young tomato plants and wish you could return in the summer. A chequered rug spread out on the rolling lush lawns and a picnic of tomato salad made from the Solent sunned Roma and Beefsteak tomatoes.
Furry and Feathered friends made along the way…..