August Bank Holiday and too busy to compose a blog – harvesting produce, trimming hedges, weeding paths, and enjoying the long-awaited sunshine and our visitors. Lots of lovely enthusiastic comments in our visitors’ book so they are obviously enjoying the garden too. Here’s just one from 2 visitors (thanks Pam and Chris) yesterday: ‘Absolutely enchanting. What a special place.” Here are some photos of the garden today to whet your appetite if… Read More
About a month ago we had a phone call from our friend Mick (he of pond and Cedric fame) asking if we would be interested in hosting a chainsaw course. Intrigued we asked why. It turned out that he needed to get his certificates up to date and the original venue for the course was now off-limits. The reason: dormice! To cut a long story short, Tom, the tutor, came and had… Read More
We have an interesting relationship with our garden and the plants in it. Sometimes we introduce a plant – it may be a gift from a friend, seeds collected on holiday, or an impulse buy – and it loves our garden, thrives and reproduces itself and feels thoroughly at home. Examples are Lysimachia ‘Firecracker’ (can’t remember where I got this from originally – but it out-competes ground elder so is a real… Read More
We all know how it is when we’re so close to something that we don’t really see it as others do. So it was a great pleasure last week to welcome professional photographer Jonathan Need to our garden. Jonathan seemed instantly to understand the philosophy behind the garden and the planting and has very kindly sent us a wonderful selection of his morning’s shoot. We’ll split the shots into two blogs; this… Read More
After all the hard work of the winter and spring our first Open Garden weekend is rapidly approaching. On Saturday morning at 11am we throw open the gates and hold back the crowds . Here’s a small sample of what you can see on 14th and 15th May – yes this weekend!! ….and finally what will this be on Saturday?