Garden Visit – the birthplace of Crocus

Last weekend I had the delight of visiting Brockhampton Cottage, near Ross on Wye with a group of friends from Hardy Plant Society.  Brockhampton Cottage is the home of Peter Clay, part owner of Crocus (the online plant company) and was designed with the help of Tom Stuart-Smith. The house sits on top of a…

Suffolk and N Essex Garden Tour – Day 2

Day 2 of our tour welcomed us with lovely sunshine and we set off optimistically to our first garden – Ultingwick, nr Maldon.  I was looking forward to visiting this garden as I have been friends with its owner, Phillippa, on Twitter for a couple of years now.  I know that Phillippa does not think…

Garden Visit: Montpelier Cottage

I had a delightful afternoon visiting Noel Kingsbury and Jo Eliot’s garden in deepest darkest Herefordshire within spitting distance of the Welsh borders.  I nearly didn’t go as I wanted to get on with the front garden but having planted up half the space in the morning and with unexpected blue skies at lunchtime I…

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…

Of Trilliums and other shady things

Today I went to the inaugural meeting of the HPS Shade and Woodland Group which conveniently for me was held near Tewkesbury where I go for my monthly HPS meetings and in addition to this the talk was by one of our committee members, Keith Ferguson with a visit in the afternoon to his and…

Stone House Cottage Garden, Worcestershire

I’m on annual leave for two weeks with no plans at all during this first week.  I have done stuff in the garden and house but half way through the week I got itchy feet and needed a change of scenery and some stimulation.   I had a ponder about where to go and decided to…

The Garden House, Devon

I knew there must be an upside  to my son studying at Plymouth University, a 3 hour  drive from us, though I was a little slow to pick up on what it was.  My glee when I realised that The Garden House was only 30 mins drive from his student house cannot be described.  I…

Welsh Hills Again

After my visit to Karen’s I trekked round Lake Bala and across North Wales to Elizabeth’s.  When Elizabeth says she lives on a hillside she isn’t joking.  The single track road to their house is very steep in places and I wondered how they coped when it snowed.  The house is a very old farmhouse…

Cottage Garden Stalwarts

In the last week all the Aquilegas in my garden have burst  into flower.  I’m sure that this isn’t normally the case and that there is a more staggered opening of flowers but nevertheless it is very nice to see so many flowers in one go. Aquilegas are really cottage  garden flowers probably because they…