Great Dixter – A Revelation

There are some places that you dream of visiting. You study the photos in books or on-line and you create an impression, maybe a little gilded, in your mind’s eye. For me Great Dixter is such a place.  I have longed to visit for years but just as you hesitate to watch a film of…

The Jaded Garden Visitor

I have run out of enthusiasm for garden visiting, a sensation I am finding quite surprising. Garden visiting is something I have done for some 6 years or more on a fairly regular basis. Until the last year I felt excited and enthusiastic about visiting a garden. It was like unwrapping a present on Christmas…

Book Review: The New English Garden

“A garden is inseparable from its legends. It needs, as well as walking, reading” Alasdair Forbes, Plaz Metaxu At first glance The New English Garden by Tim Richardson looks like your typical coffee table book. Large, heavy and full of stunning atmospheric photographs by that well-known garden photographer Andrew Lawson. However, it soon become evident…

Nichols Garden – San Francisco

When I came back from my jaunt to San Francisco with the Garden Bloggers Fling I have to admit to being rather punch drunk and gardened out.  I wrote a couple of posts at the time but it is only now a month on that I have found myself with time and a clear head…

Veddw: Trying not to say ‘lovely’

Yesterday I finally visited Anne and Charles’s garden – Veddw.  I say finally as I have wanted to visit for a while but have been a little intimidated by Anne’s approach to how people view gardens and especially the glossy magazine articles on gardens where everything is ‘lovely’. I’m not sure what I was expecting…

The Laskett

Yesterday I visited The Laskett, nestling on the borders between England and Wales.  This is a garden I have been aware of for some time, reading both positive and negative reviews but had never visited as it is only open to group visits. The Laskett is first and foremost a private and deeply personal garden;…

My Dream Garden

Stone House, Worcestershire This post is written as part of the Grow Write Guild – this week the theme is Your Dream Garden When I sat down to write about my dream garden I closed my eyes to try to bring an image to mind.  Weirdly, it all went a little Disneyish and the fantasy…

What comes first?

What’s more important to you  – plants or design?  For me its plants every time and always has been.  Originally I started with some bedding plants and hanging baskets then as my confidence grew I started to grow a few perennials and shrubs.  The real leap came when I  moved to this house with a…

Restored parterre de broderie – Witley Court

Earlier this week I posted about my visit to Witley Court, an English Heritage property and I mentioned that the gardens had been recently restored.  As promised here they are. The original parterres were designed by landscape architect William Nesfield between 1854 and 1860.   The parterre is designed to be seen from above, for example…

A Nation of Magpies

I am becoming increasingly convinced that the English are a nation of magpies.  We seem to have an innate ability to pick and choose the best bits of various cultures and make them our own.  You only have to look at the range of cuisines we enjoy on a regular basis to see what I…

Urban Greening – If Only!

I recently read an article in the RHS magazine The Garden about the importance of urban greening of gardens on the environment and it aggravated a kind of sore that I experience when I drive through my neighbourhood. I live on a small suburban housing estate which is made up of bungalows, detached and  semi-detached…

Projects underway

With the arrival of some much needed rain over the last few weeks my son and I have finally started on some of the projects I had planned for the garden.  I must admit I am lucky to have a very practical son to  help me out with my plans. Last weekend he cleared the…