The Patient Gardener


I spent most of last week trundling around Yorkshire with a large group of friends indulging in visiting gardens, plant buying and eating cake – what’s not to love.  I have been on this holiday for four years now, to different parts of the UK, and this year for some reason I was acutely aware that my taste and preferences in terms of gardens had changed, or maybe had become clearer.  I… Read More

Last weekend I went to my first NGS opening of the year at Little Malvern Court.  I was particularly keen to go to this one as I know the Head Gardener who is fairly new to the post and I think it was his first opening.  Two weeks before he had been worried that the grass wouldn’t dry out enough to be cut; however, as you can see the weather in recent… Read More

The theme for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Beyond.  The idea is that the photo, whilst focusing on something in the foreground should make the viewer look to the background of the photograph.  I had a look through recent photographs and thought that these photographs taken at Wollerton Old Hall last summer demonstrated ‘beyond’ quite well although possibly not in the way the challenge intended.  I like the way the structure,… 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

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 Trust took on. As this garden was developed at the same time as Bryan’s Ground (see previous… Read More