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)

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)

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)

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)

Walcott House, symmetry and space. (33)

Walcott Green is a tiny hamlet right away across on the far side of the Norfolk  from me and very close to the coast at Happisburgh. The trouble with inviting myself to visit a garden before the Open Day is that those bright helpful signs are not yet visible and so I get hopelessly lost. … Continue reading Walcott House, symmetry and space. (33)