Hambledon House, harmony in Hampshire. (68)

You may have been watching the programme ' All Gardens Great and Small' on Channel 4More, in which Miranda Hart and her real mother Dee Hart-Dyke visit some NGS gardens up and down the country. Dee's garden in Hampshire was open last Monday so for a Bank Holiday treat I went to visit. The weather … Continue reading Hambledon House, harmony in Hampshire. (68)

Snares Hill Cottage, a curious catch. (69)

Opening this coming Sunday, the 10th September is an engaging cottage garden situated in the village of Stebbing in Essex. I was fortunate to be able to visit a few weeks ago and you reach the property down a short narrow lane off the main road.  The driveway itself is very much part of the … Continue reading Snares Hill Cottage, a curious catch. (69)

Chawton House Library; a delightful dawdle with the head gardener. (70)

'I went up to the Great House between 3 and 4, and dawdled away an hour very comfortably' Wrote Jane Austen in 1814.  She was referring to Chawton House built by the Knight family in 1580 and centuries later inherited by her brother Edward Austen .  So when it opened for the National Garden Scheme … Continue reading Chawton House Library; a delightful dawdle with the head gardener. (70)

The Island, standing the Test of time. (71)

The garden gate was open at The Island on the last weekend in August. Situated on the River Test near Romsey in Hampshire, it was the second of two consecutive days of opening and the sunny weather attracted plenty of visitors. It really is an island and in order to gain access we crossed a … Continue reading The Island, standing the Test of time. (71)

Gilberts Nurseries and dreams of dahlias (72)

Not far from The Island (previous blog), just off the A27 near Romsey is a dahlia field open for the NGS. Gilberts Nursery pride themselves in being growers of unusual plants and also specialise in Dahlias. 'This may not exactly be a garden', the yellow book describes, 'but come and be amazed by the sight of … Continue reading Gilberts Nurseries and dreams of dahlias (72)

Scotney Castle, romance and ruins in the rain. (73)

I have for some years now been meaning to visit Scotney Castle, a National Trust property near Lamberhurst in Kent. It qualifies as one of my 'ninety' because it opens once a year for the NGS. So on my way driving down to Sussex a few weeks ago with fellow garden owner Kate, we took … Continue reading Scotney Castle, romance and ruins in the rain. (73)

Sarah Raven’s Cutting Garden, floriferous fun. (74)

Many of us have been inspired by Sarah Raven https://www.sarahraven.com/ (for those of you who don't know), so I could not resist a visit to her garden at Perch Hill near Brightling in Sussex when she opened for the NGS on a Thursday in late August. It had been simply dreadfully wet the day before, … Continue reading Sarah Raven’s Cutting Garden, floriferous fun. (74)

Coton Manor Garden, a kaleidoscope of continual colour.(75)

There are 10 acres to see at Coton Manor, 10 miles North of Northampton, a garden considered to be one of Britain's finest and one that is at its most magnificent in September when it is open for a day for the NGS. Before entering the garden I cannot help but admire the medley of … Continue reading Coton Manor Garden, a kaleidoscope of continual colour.(75)