Bell Gables; elegant and neat. (42)

Presumably named because of the bell-shaped gable, the garden gate was open in Wilburton, a village off the A10 just north of Cambridge.

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Open for both Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st May, for the second year running, the entrance was down the side of the house.

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After being welcomed by the owner, we nipped under the shade of the cherry tree and, guided by a line of potted hostas, we stepped onto the bark path and into the garden.

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It was like entering an elegant reception area, freshly decorated with generous seating and flowers on the table.

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From this terrace you can look out onto the garden.

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But first we take the path around to the small walled garden on the side of the house where we find a secret space overlooked by the church of St Peter.

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Low box hedging and clipped bay bring structure to the planting,

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whilst aquilegia sows itself daintily around the paths.

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Coming back out of this intimate area I am delighted to find a neatly positioned ramp which takes you down a level to the lawn. Having for many years pushed a wheelchair and struggled with slopes I wonder why more gardens couldn’t possibly take the trouble to be a little more friendly to the disabled.

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The owners  moved here in 1980 when the garden was just a field. The west side was permanently boggy so they dug out and lined the pond with clay. Richly planted it looks as if it has been there for ever.

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There are plenty of mature trees and the group of ash makes an obvious site for a tree house.

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A more recently planted holly has been encircled with box.

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Leaf fall here must be great for the bin is quite a structure.

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The flower parterre is positioned at the far end of the garden, where bearded irises beckon us over. Enclosed by box it is of mixed planting,

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with a central path running straight to a bench.  Clematis scramble over shrubs and

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climb up unfussy metal supports.

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It is shipshape all around the garden and even the spare bricks are stacked precisely. Oh to be so tidy.

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A Viburnum seen from across the water appears to imitate a waterfall, in the foreground along the water’s edge grow blue irises and a striking arum lily zantedeschia aethiopica. The lawn is carefully edged with brick.

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There is plenty of colour, a splash of early yellow honeysuckle,

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and the roses are blooming so early this year. It is a joy to find them clearly labelled and although the labels may not be permanent, at least you can see what is written on them.

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So this has to be Fruhlings Gold,

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dear Penelope

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and gentle Alfred Carriere.

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Clean wheel barrows are poised for action. The detail of the paving is fine and well proportioned.

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It is an architect’s garden and her studio too is conveniently in the garden. It is open today and it is a delight to wander around.

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We are back at the beginning, looking at the steps which lead down from the ‘reception area’.

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It is amazing to think that 37 years ago this one acre plot looked like this.

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With an architectural eye and a surveyors’ skill have it has turned into a horticultural haven……….

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——-42——-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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