5A High Street, a pleasing pergola in Sutton-on-Trent. (60)

Returning home from Nottinghamshire following a lovely post-wedding lunch I could not resist popping through the open garden gate in the village of Sutton-on-Trent 8 miles north of Newark. Just as I arrived there was a cloudburst and conveniently by the entrance was a greenhouse where I hastily took shelter. Here there was a small … Continue reading 5A High Street, a pleasing pergola in Sutton-on-Trent. (60)

Willoughby Waterleys, a collection of village gardens. (61)

  It was about time I visited a group opening, so several Sundays ago I set out to see a collection of gardens opening their gates in the Leicestershire village of Willoughby Waterleys some 8 miles south of Leicester. Keen on following hounds, my daughter volunteered to accompany me not because she is a gardener … Continue reading Willoughby Waterleys, a collection of village gardens. (61)

Sandringham Show (***)

The Norfolk NGS have for the past few years taken a stand at the Sandringham Flower Show. Tucked away in the Horticultural Marquee it has been hard work trying to compete with the commercial growers with their fine displays of clematis, roses and perennials. This year, our ninetieth anniversary we were invited to have our … Continue reading Sandringham Show (***)

East Haddon, the Hall and nearby show gardens (62 & 63)

East Haddon is a small attractive village 8 miles from Northampton and the graceful gates to the hall were wide open. Old, old trees, with wide trunks and twisted branches survive along the drive, and through the branches we are able to catch sight of the magnificent Georgian grade 1 listed building. The garden first … Continue reading East Haddon, the Hall and nearby show gardens (62 & 63)

Cobbs Hall, a swansong in Suffolk (64)

The Garden Gate was open at Cobbs Hall, Great Saxham last Sunday (13th August). Situated some 4 miles West of Bury St. Edmunds I was amongst an astonishing 670 other NGS visitors. Butterflies danced above the late summer borders vibrant with colour. This golden Dahlia nestled between artichokes, and orange helenium gloried in the August … Continue reading Cobbs Hall, a swansong in Suffolk (64)

Gardens and Health, a Special Allotment with wheelbarrows of enthusiasm. (****)

You may have heard a short piece on the Today programme on Radio 4 last week about the inaugural 'Gardens and Health week', an initiative generated by some garden owners of the National Garden Scheme, who wanted to not just open their gardens and raise funds for the nursing charities that the scheme supports but also … Continue reading Gardens and Health, a Special Allotment with wheelbarrows of enthusiasm. (****)

Marsh Lane Allotment, fruitful, fun and a touch exotic. (65)

  Having written about the development of an allotment in my last blog, I quite by chance discovered that last Sunday was also the final day of National Allotment Week.   What better way to participate than to call in on the Marsh Lane Allotments in Tottenham on our drive down to London where plot … Continue reading Marsh Lane Allotment, fruitful, fun and a touch exotic. (65)

5 Brodie Road, a frenzy of flowers in London E4. (66)

5 Brodie Road, a suburban garden measuring 12m x 9m (40' x 60') must qualify as the smallest garden I have visited so far, but by no means the least floriferous. Situated in Chingford it was the second opening this year and I peered from the pavement through the white Japanese anemones in the front … Continue reading 5 Brodie Road, a frenzy of flowers in London E4. (66)

Beechleigh, traditional but contemporary. (67)

Last Saturday evening on our way to London driving down the A1 M, at the very sociable time of between 5-8pm we found the gate open... at Beechleigh, in Birch Green, Hertfordshire. We walked down the long drive running alongside a field, where a footpath crosses over and the grass has recently been cut, and … Continue reading Beechleigh, traditional but contemporary. (67)