Wednesday 2 May 2018


It's open season for the National Garden Scheme, when private gardens up and down the land are opened for charity. The familiar bright yellow signs go up, directing visitors to each venue. Last month's Country Living magazine featured a promising-looking garden, half an hour or so away from our home. It was open last Sunday for the NGS and we arranged to meet our friends there.
The garden did not disappoint - but, oh, the weather! It was bitterly cold and I'm sure that it kept many people away.
This is a garden with really 'good bones'.
(And two very nice dogs.)

There was topiary that puts my pheasant to shame!

Neat box edging
and a lime walk.

Inside this lovely little building 
there is a plaque to the creator of the garden.

The whole garden is beautifully tended, not a weed to be seen and the emerging plants well staked. Do I sound envious? You bet! At the moment the weeds are definitely winning in my garden and it's too wet and cold to get out there and do anything about it.

We huddled together for warmth
But it didn't work so we went inside for tea and cake!
It would be great to return on a warm, sunny day.


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    1. A lot of the planting was way behind for this time of year because of the cold. Plenty of tree peonies, one of my favourite plants, but with not a flower to be seen. I'm tempted to return when they open again in the summer.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it - and you didn't get as chilly as we did! (Though neither did you get to eat cake.)

  3. Wow that is so beautiful! I love the dogs and the "lime walk", very magical! Thanks for sharing Rosemary! Those grounds are just lovely...that must be a lot of work to keep up.

    1. The owners say that they have a gardener for just one day a week. The place was totally weed free - don't ask me how they achieve it!