Cut to the Chase; film crew and tulips. (34)

Last Tuesday I was in London.  A cold wind blew as I crossed Clapham Common and cut to the Chase.  This evening's opening followed on from the previous Sunday's when visitors had turned up in their hundreds. We were fortunate to have a fairly small and select gathering to this evening opening. Select it was; … Continue reading Cut to the Chase; film crew and tulips. (34)

St Regis; a retake, pottery and plants. (35)

Last Sunday morning we drove out of London via this garden in Muswell Hill. St Regis is a cul de sac and number 5 is tucked away in the corner. Described in the book as an Artist's garden and Maureen Lipman's favourite we could only be encouraged by the words  'A unique experience awaits!' A … Continue reading St Regis; a retake, pottery and plants. (35)

Mill Dene Garden, a plethora of paths and steep slopes. (36)

Today, Mill Dene near Moreton-in-Marsh is opening its garden gate for the NGS. Essentially a private garden it opens to the public for part of the week, with teas and coffees provided as long as you make them yourself. Sadly none of the characters listed in the notice below were in evidence on the day … Continue reading Mill Dene Garden, a plethora of paths and steep slopes. (36)

Bourton House, just beautiful. (37)

Last week I visited my niece who lives in the beautiful Cotswold countryside. It was a glorious sunny day, the first for sometime and so she suggested we visit nearby the garden of Bourton House. Surrounding  an 18th Century house it is in a fine setting. The garden gate is open through the 16th Century … Continue reading Bourton House, just beautiful. (37)

Pasture Farm, artistry and homely. (38)

I visited Pasture Farm, near Moreton-in-Marsh in the early evening. It is not a good time for photography, the light plays tricks and deepening shadows are difficult to avoid. However it was lovely to see this fun garden which has been created and has evolved around a working farm over the past thirty years. Divided … Continue reading Pasture Farm, artistry and homely. (38)

Bolwick Hall, a wild and watery landscape.(40)

  The garden gate was open a few weeks ago at Bolwick Hall, Marsham some 8 miles north of Norwich. This is a garden attributed to Repton, and surrounds a late Georgian house. It is Repton's tercentenary next year and further research being undertaken by the Norfolk Gardens Trust might reveal more about his involvement. … Continue reading Bolwick Hall, a wild and watery landscape.(40)

Warborough House, a garden for a festival weekend. (41)

It is the NGS festival weekend.  The very same weekend when 90 years agoa hundreds of gardens all around the country opened their gates to raise funds for district nursing. It is amazing to think that since then the charity has raised over £50 million and is still running. The garden gate is open at … Continue reading Warborough House, a garden for a festival weekend. (41)

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. Open for both Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st May, for the second year running, the entrance was down the side of the house. After being welcomed by the owner, we nipped … Continue reading Bell Gables; elegant and neat. (42)