Alfresco Dining with Rosara
A country girl at heart, the month of May found me atypically dotting in and out of our lovely city of London visiting high-profile architects, seeing Hamilton and, of course, my favourite, an evening slot at RHS Chelsea.
Having booked tickets for members day for many many years, this year I left it too late to find the only tickets available were on Thursday evening. Expecting the worst, I headed into town and made my way into the show against the tide of people leaving.
It was my most magical trip to Chelsea yet, not only were the gardens more innovative this year but also there were new people showing, for example, David Harber linked with Savills to create a garden on Main Avenue which I personally found very inspiring, helped along by a very crisp Pinot Grigio!
After three hours, we had covered the Showground and headed out into the city and what struck me most about our fellow city-dwellers, when the Sun comes out they cram into pavement cafes shoehorning themselves into small chairs in corners trying to catch the last of the sun’s rays as the evening sun disappears behind tall buildings. Everybody was jolly because we British of course love a bit of opportunistic alfresco!
But it did occur to me the immense privilege we have as country folk where often our gardens afford several sunny spots throughout the day, possibly a privilege we take for granted in our busy lives? We rigorously tend to our gardens rather than sitting and enjoying them.
At Rosara we are challenging you to spend more time relaxing in your garden than gardening it this month. Maybe take time to find the perfect spot for that breakfast cappuccino and a glimpse at the papers, or that lunchtime zone when the overhead sun is surprisingly too hot to sit out in, moving onto the evening with the last hours of hazy days, time for melancholy and reflection.
We always say there is no such thing as bad weather, simply poor clothing. Rosara’s view on the garden is much the same; if the sun is too hot buy a parasol – we have many to choose from and if the evening is turning a bit chilly then grab one of our beautiful Rosaro cotton throws, designed by our team at North Aston and woven in India; cosy and stylish, you’ll be able to stay in the garden long after the sun has gone down and enjoy the fading embers of your Kadai as you huddle around and share stories in the dark!