English Country Garden – Aulden Farm

I go through periods of wanting to stay at home, potter in the garden and avoid the whole world.  However, I then bounce to the other extreme and am itching to get out and about, visit gardens etc.  I have always been a person of extremes.  Anyway, this weekend I had my out and about…

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…

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…

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…

An Artist’s Garden

I spent three days at the start of this week mooching around North Wales and the Welsh Marches.  The purpose of my mooching was visiting two blogging friends.  First stop was Artists Garden near Barmouth in Wales. Karen is opening her garden for the NGS on the 4th September so there is a real sense…

A Watery Gem of a Garden

In the midst of the Herefordshire farmland there is a small but perfectly formed oasis – Westonbury Mill Water Gardens.  The 3 acre garden is made up of a complex system of streams surrounded by lush planting with the odd quirky building to distract you. This is not a garden of thought provoking design nor…

English Country Garden – June 2011

I spent a wonderful day yesterday at Lower Hope near Ullingswick in Herefordshire.  I was there on a Pests and Diseases Workshop organised by the WFGA and I have to say I think it is fair to say all of us were bowled over by the gardens and location. Lower Hope is tucked away in…

Sometimes less is more

The other week I took a couple of blogging friends to Bryans Ground in Herefordshire, my favourite garden.  I had raved about this garden so I  was a little nervous about their reaction – you can read Victoria’s view here. I haven’t visited this garden at the start of the season before so this was…

Aberglasney – a garden being rediscovered

I had a mixed reaction to Aberglasney which is located in Carmarthenshire in Wales.  It is interesting as my reaction to the various bits of the garden helped me to understand my growing preference to certain styles of gardens and plants. Aberglasney came into being in the mid 1600s and for the following four centuries…

The Ninfarium

Just before Easter I visited the gardens at Aberglasney in Carmarthenshire, Wales.  The property was taken on by a Restoration Trust in the 1990s and they are working on restoring the house and gardens and bringing them back to their former glory, much like the Lost Gardens of Heligan project.  I will write about the…