Two go wild in Herefordshire


Well maybe not that wild! Yesterday VegPlotting came to visit and after showing her my garden we set out to explore two gardens in the neighbouring county of Herefordshire.  The first garden we visited, Hampton Court, is well known to me and I have posted out it before.  After a picnic lunch we continued into the depths of Herefordshire and finally arrived at Hergest Croft.  The house (above) is typical of the Arts and Crafts Movement. 

All day we have been dodging the showers including eating our picnic under a tree and needless to say not long after we arrived at Hergest Croft the heavens opened.  Luckily we weren’t too far from the house at this point so retreated swiftly to the tea room for coffee/tea and cake.  The sun came out and so we ventured out again.  We explored some of the shrubbery but decided that the kitchen garden and herbaceous borders were where our real interests lay.  The veg for VP and the perennials for me.  We weren’t disappointed.


The herbacous borders were sumptous as you can see. I was particularly attracted to a pale yellow Aconitum. 


However it was the kitchen garden that VP really fell in love with.  This picture doesn’t do it justice.  To me it was exactly how I imagined Mr McGregor’s garden in Peter Rabbit to look.  There was serious coveting going on from my friend and that wasn’t just for the rhubarb forcers!!

I think Hergest Croft is one of those gardens where there is something to see at whatever time of year you visit.  In the spring there is the Azalea Garden to explore and in the autumn I can imagine that the Maples and Acers look stunning so I will definitely be going back.

All in all, despite the showers, we had a great day exploring two gardens and gossiping about all sorts of things.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. VP says:

    HA! I knew you’d beat me to it 🙂

    I’m still in catch up mode from Friday. I’ll post on Thursday, or tomorrow if I can contrive a D to describe our fab day 😉

  2. What a lovely day out the pair of you had – I am green with envy 😉

  3. elizabethm says:

    I passed by Hergest Croft when I walked the Offa’s Dyke path and longed to go in but it was closing. Now I think I really should have come back the next day. Looks fabulous, both the perennials and the veg garden. Must put in on the list for another day.

  4. Miss Daisy says:

    More gorgeous pictures! What beauty surrounds you. I love the country feel of this post and the gorgeous gardens! Very lovely. Glad you had a wonderful time.

  5. Catherine says:

    Wow, so pretty! I wish we had more gardens like that to visit around here.

  6. Anna says:

    Sounds like a fun day out Helen . I am adding Hergest Croft to my list too 🙂

  7. Joy says:

    I too would be so curious about the kitchen garden .. I love seeing all of the lavender in a row !
    You two had TOO MUCH fun 😉

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