The Patient Gardener


Stockton Bury is one of my favourite local gardens so the idea of a visit which also combined a country gardeners market with a range of local nurseries was an opportunity impossible to resist.  Luckily for all concerned the heavy and relentless rain we had yesterday was not present and in the morning the sun shone adding to the jolliness of the event. I realise now that I don’t have any photos… Read More

Stocktonbury Gardens near Leominster in Herefordshire is a garden I have visited a number of times over recent years but I have never visited this early in the year and I wanted to see the Skunk Cabbages.  I don’t know why it’s just one of those curiosities I have had for a while.  Having seen Tamsin tweet they were opening last week I decided to seize the day and put a note… Read More

Some times you hear about a garden and how wonderful it is and when you visit you wonder if you are in the right place.  However, today was not one of those days.  Today the location was completely stunning and the planting was romantic and floriferous. Birtsmorton Court, near Malvern, is a medieval moated grange.  It is one of only 10 moated houses in private ownership in the country and unusually Birtsmorton… Read More

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 persona on and decided that I needed to visit some gardens and that I fancied some private… Read More

Last week I spent a wonderful day at Coton Manor Garden School.  After the gardening school session and  yummy lunch I had time to explore the garden so I thought I would share some photos and my impressions of the garden. I wouldn’t describe Coton Manor as a garden which is  trying to set trends or be cutting edge.  I would describe it as the garden of a true horticulturist; someone who… Read More

As I have mentioned in my previous post I spent last weekend in Devon.  We managed to fit in a daily garden visit and on Saturday it was the turn of Coleton Fishacre.  The property is now managed by the National Trust but was originally built in 1923-26 for Rupert D’Oyly Carte, the son of Richard D-Oyly Carte who was behind the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.  I have been to many national… Read More

I was enchanted this week when I finally visited Stockton Bury gardens near Leominster in Herefordshire.  I have been meaning to visit this garden for about 2 years now having seen several magazine articles on it so as I am on annual leave this week and the weather was good I decided to go and visit.  Usually I visit gardens with my sons or more recently my garden club.  However, my sons… Read More