Walkern Hall; Tiny Flowers and Tall Trees. (11)

I have travelled a few miles in the car over the last couple of months and I enjoy looking at the countryside rolling past. But what really upsets me is the layers of rubbish littered along the roadside. What I think might be snowdrops turns out to be discarded wrappers or cans. A glimpse of … Continue reading Walkern Hall; Tiny Flowers and Tall Trees. (11)

Oak Cottage, snowdrops and visitors galore. (12)

The christening of a great nephew was a perfect excuse for a return visit to Berkshire. A very different garden to Welford Park which I visited a few weeks ago, and although Oak Cottage in Finchampstead does not have quite the show of snowdrops it does however illustrate the diversity of gardens that are open … Continue reading Oak Cottage, snowdrops and visitors galore. (12)

Chapel Street; galanthus,crocus and signs of Spring. (13)

The A17 is an intensely horticultural road; the flat fenland fields are of sprouts and cabbages. Last Sunday  driving to a garden in Lincolnshire, many of the fields were yellowing not with wintering vegetables but rows of daffodils and pickers bent over double. As I turned off left onto the A52, the level landscape soon … Continue reading Chapel Street; galanthus,crocus and signs of Spring. (13)

Ballymaloe Cookery School Garden; a horticultural delight (*)

Last week I decided to celebrate the arrival of my Senior rail card by hopping over to Cork with for a two night stay at Ballymaloe (http://www.ballymaloe.ie/). Forgive me if I wander from the 90 but it is such a special place. Having arrived in the sunshine it was a wretched day when we awoke … Continue reading Ballymaloe Cookery School Garden; a horticultural delight (*)