A Garden Designer’s Garden (7)

Norfolk NGS last week launched their county booklet at the home of George Carter. Over 90 of us gathered which included many of the garden owners, sponsor and advertisers. Intrigued by what a designer might do on his own patch, so to speak. George Plumptre, NGS Chief Executive, having written articles on several gardens with … Continue reading A Garden Designer’s Garden (7)

Snowdrops, Spike and Baked Off at Welford Park (8)

Grey skies seem an endless trait at the moment and it was indeed a particularly dull day when I set off from London along the dreary M4 to visit Welford Park. Open for six weeks during the flowering period, today a Wednesday, was given over to the NGS. Was it perhaps a little too early … Continue reading Snowdrops, Spike and Baked Off at Welford Park (8)

Forty years on and still growing strong at Gable House (9)

After a wretched week of cold dull days Sunday 12th proved to be a killer. In snow, sleet and an easterly wind, I reluctantly set off in pursuit of Gable House, quite near to Beccles in Suffolk. Who on earth would want to visit a garden on such a day, even one that has been … Continue reading Forty years on and still growing strong at Gable House (9)

Dragons; a plantswoman’s garden. (10)

  My friend Lesley who is into garden antiques (limeavenueantiques.co.uk)  has found me the perfect bird bath for my garden. So last Wednesday I headed down to Essex to collect it and incorporated a visit to the nearby Dragons, a 3/4 acre garden near Chelmsford. Well, why would a garden be called Dragons? It is … Continue reading Dragons; a plantswoman’s garden. (10)

Walkern Hall; Tiny Flowers and Tall Trees. (11)

I have travelled a few miles in the car over the last couple of months and I enjoy looking at the countryside rolling past. But what really upsets me is the layers of rubbish littered along the roadside. What I think might be snowdrops turns out to be discarded wrappers or cans. A glimpse of … Continue reading Walkern Hall; Tiny Flowers and Tall Trees. (11)

Oak Cottage, snowdrops and visitors galore. (12)

The christening of a great nephew was a perfect excuse for a return visit to Berkshire. A very different garden to Welford Park which I visited a few weeks ago, and although Oak Cottage in Finchampstead does not have quite the show of snowdrops it does however illustrate the diversity of gardens that are open … Continue reading Oak Cottage, snowdrops and visitors galore. (12)