Columbine Hall; a Carter creation (32)

Columbine Hall is a gem. A moated medieval manor it is set in the Suffolk countryside just north of Stowmarket. Bought by the present owners in 1993, it is a garden designed by George Carter which seems to have a touch of everything except that is, decay. I imagine visitors would normally drive through the … Continue reading Columbine Hall; a Carter creation (32)

Witton Hall; a walk on the wild side. (30)

As you travel up the drive to Witton Hall, bluebells stretch out either side under a canopy of deciduous woods. Confusingly there are in fact two Witton Halls in Norfolk; this one is near North Walsham whilst the other is closer to Norwich. The original Hall was burnt down, the footings of which can still … Continue reading Witton Hall; a walk on the wild side. (30)

The Old House; sculptures and trees by the Broads. (29)

It is a rare moment  that I get a chance to visit a garden ahead of the formal opening date so I was fortunate to be able to see The Old House as preparations were being made for this Sunday. The garden is situated between the Church and the Broad at Ranworth on the East … Continue reading The Old House; sculptures and trees by the Broads. (29)

Rivendell; busy, delicious and fun. (28)

On Easter Monday we enjoyed a walk through the south Buckinghamshire Shardeloes estate, finishing up with the all essential Ham Egg and Chips at the pub in Little Missenden. Afterwards our friends joined us on a garden visit in nearby Amersham. A bright display of tulips greeted us. And the sweet scent of Daphne was … Continue reading Rivendell; busy, delicious and fun. (28)

Overstroud Cottage; comfort and comfrey. (27)

Easter Day. On our way to stay with some lovely friends we visited this charming garden at Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. The cottage was once the fever house for Missenden Abbey providing a home for the sick; hundreds of years later the connection with health is still there, now opening its gate for the NGS and … Continue reading Overstroud Cottage; comfort and comfrey. (27)

Churchill College Garden and Fitzwilliam College Garden. (25 & 26)

Churchill and Fitzwilliam Colleges, both opened their gardens last Sunday afternoon. In walking distance of each other they possess today that rare commodity in Cambridge, free parking space. Designed in the 1960s as a memorial to Sir Winston Churchill this college is set in over 40 acres. Sculptures are an important feature of the gardens, … Continue reading Churchill College Garden and Fitzwilliam College Garden. (25 & 26)

Trinity Fellows’ Garden. (24)

Cambridge was the hottest place in the UK last Sunday with the temperature recorded at 25.5 centigrade. Three college gardens opened their gates and we decided to start in the centre with Trinity Fellows' Garden. It must be one of the few bicycle free zones in the city; bikes were left outside the entrance. The … Continue reading Trinity Fellows’ Garden. (24)

The Laburnums; a collection of Spring colour. (23)

It was such a lovely day that following my visit to  Witton Lane,  I decided to head on south across the flat fields of the Waveney Valley to Halesworth in Suffolk. Such a very different garden compared to this morning.  But then no two gardens are the same. The Laburnums' gate was swung wide open: … Continue reading The Laburnums; a collection of Spring colour. (23)