Hidcote Gardens

Yesterday I popped over to the Cotswolds for a bit of garden visiting with Victoria.  We had  decided to visit Hidcote Gardens and Kiftsgate gardens (they are only 10 mins walk from each other).  First up was Hidcote Gardens, which is a National Trust property, in fact Hidcote is the first garden that the National…

A Juxtaposition between Man and Nature

There are times in life when you find yourself transported back to an earlier experience  either by a smell, sight or sound.  Today was one of those days. Bryan’s Ground in Herefordshire, right on the Welsh border, is the garden of the creators of Hortus. It nestles in the rolling countryside just above Presteigne overlooking…

End of Month View June 2010

Any one who regularly read this blog will know that at the end of each month I do a post showing progress on four areas of the garden.  At a talk by James Alexander-Sinclair I attended recently he jokingly said that the best way to get the maximum impact from before and afterphotos  in gardens…

Cottesbrooke Plant Finders Fair – a delight!

Yesterday I spent a delightful day at Cottesbrooke Plant Finders Fair with Veg Plotting.  The Fair is in its third year and was one of the best kept secrets of the plant world, although this year with the Telegraph’s sponsorship its existence is well and truely out there with visitor numbers estimated to be up…

Theraputic Poppies

I have beeen feeling fidgety the last couple of days and out of sorts – couldn’t settle to anything.  So this afternoon, instead of wasting time drifting from one thing to another I went to Hampton Court Gardens in Herefordshire.  This is only 30 mins from me so I have written about it a few…

GBBD June 2010 – New Friends

This month I thought I would show you new arrivals  or flowers which are my particular favourites.  My heart is currently won over by Anemone rivularis (above).  I grew them from seed last year without having done much research on them.  As they were listed as being summer flowering I supposed they would be much…

English Country Garden June 2010

I missed out on my garden club’s April garden visit and last month it was our plant sale so I was looking forward to this month’s outing.  We do try to go to gardens that aren’t open on a regular basis or if they open under the NGS, those that only open the group visits. …

The Glasshouse, Wisley – an inspiration

This is a view I have wanted to see for some time now – The Glasshouse at RHS Wisley. As the gardens are a good two and half hours drive from my house I doubted when I would get around to going but my luck was in this week when Victoria offered to take us…

Impressions from a Chelsea Virgin

    On Tuesday I made my first ever trip to Chelsea Flower Show.  I realised as we had lunch before making our way down through Sloane Square that I didn’t seem to have any expectations of what I would  see which was a rather weird sensation.  Surely I should be looking forward to certain…

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…