Blickling Lodge, avenues of yew. (54)

Last Tuesday torrential rain prevented me from visiting Blickling Lodge. Situated near the market town of Aylsham in Norfolk, it once belonged to the Blickling estate but is not to be confused with Blickling Hall.  A break in the weather a couple of days later allowed the gates to unlock and swing open for me, … Continue reading Blickling Lodge, avenues of yew. (54)

4 Wensum Crescent, purple and calm. (55)

A friend of mine suggested that I might visit and write about a small garden, "you know, less rolling acres" she suggested. Well, Gertrude Jekyll thought that a garden of 4 acres was small, however I knew what she meant and so suggested she accompany me on my next trip, a new build on the … Continue reading 4 Wensum Crescent, purple and calm. (55)

Black Horse Cottage, the art of raising the arboreal crown. (56)

Yvonne kindly invited me to visit her garden at Hickling in the Norfolk Broads. I ran a search of Hickling village and found a very informative website http://www.hickling-village-norfolk.co.uk/ which even gives the current weather. Unfortunately I didn't check immediately before I set off;  at home it was boiling hot, but when I arrived at Hickling over … Continue reading Black Horse Cottage, the art of raising the arboreal crown. (56)

68 Elm Grove; small, artful and fun. (57)

The garden gate will be open this Sunday 16th July on the north side of the centre of Norwich, not far from Waterloo Park. The garden has evolved over 30 years and is very much an extension to the late 1920s / early 1930s house. Selwyn, an artful designer by trade has taken the matter … Continue reading 68 Elm Grove; small, artful and fun. (57)

Marks Hall, a walled garden in wonderful woodland. (58)

Back in May I spent a few days on a Garden History trip in Essex and one of the many interesting places we visited was Marks Hall near Coggeshall.  Arriving rather late in the day and with 200 acres to explore we had to get a move on, first walking over the bridge. There is … Continue reading Marks Hall, a walled garden in wonderful woodland. (58)

Park Farm and a fine view of the Minster (59)

It is my elder son's wedding today and so it seems appropriate to write about a garden that he and I both visited a few weeks ago and which has a view of the magnificent building he will be married in. The garden gate was open at Park Farm, Southwell in Nottinghamshire. The owners Ian … Continue reading Park Farm and a fine view of the Minster (59)