Sunday, 16 August 2015

The Vyne

I popped along to The Vyne last week for a wander round the gardens and when looking through the photos I realised that most of them were similar to the ones from my June 2013 visit Here and Here!
The walled garden looked rather different this time, with masses of dahlias filling lots of the beds and a rather drunk looking scarecrow.

This border caught my eye with it's colour themed sections.  Purples and pinks at one end and the hot colours at the other, to match the bricks of the summerhouse.

Lots of bold colour but softer shades too 

I've joined the National Trust this year, so no excuses for not getting out and about more!

Monday, 10 August 2015

Danebury Hill and Longstock Park Nursery

Continuing my look back at days out this year here's a couple of places that I visited back in early June on a gloriously sunny, but not too hot, day. Just right for chucking a picnic in the car and heading off for a drive.
After pootling around some pretty villages like Stockbridge, Nether Wallop and Longstock I found myself near Danebury Hill and stopped to explore.  It's a fascinating place, home to an Iron Age fort for a few hundred years and with amazing views over the surrounding countryside.  

The surrounding trees make it feel very sheltered and it's easy to imagine the communities that lived there feeling fairly safe.  The line of the main road is still marked by ruts and sprinkled with daisies  2000 years later!

Just a couple of miles away is the Longstock Park estate with it's beautiful water garden.  It wasn't open the day I visited, but the Nursery is always worth a visit.  Housed in the old walled garden they have a great range of plants and a stunning 80m long herbaceous border full of planting inspiration.

There was still more foliage than flowers at that stage, but impressive anyway.  The arches are smothered with clematis later in the season which must look beautiful.

I'm looking forward to some more days out, but don't enjoy the really hot weather, so hoping it cools off a bit soon.
Bye for now.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival

No gardens in this post, but still on a flowery theme, a few weeks ago saw Winchester Cathedral transformed with dozens of stunning displays.  There were seemingly thousands of visitors the day I visited, so it was tricky to take pictures without loads of heads in the way, but I've picked out a few.  

I hope that added a bit of cheer to this grey day.  I'm sure it's raining sideways out there!

Monday, 20 July 2015

Furzey Gardens

 On the way home from Bournemouth I stopped at Furzey Gardens in the New Forest, a mainly informal woodland garden with lovely views to the Isle of Wight.  The highlight at this time of year has to be the cottage garden, packed with vegetables, fruit and flowers which perfectly complements  the 16th century cottage.

The cottage used to house a family with 13 children and feels like a little dolls house inside. I'm sure the garden wasn't as pretty back then.  It's run as a charity with volunteers and students with learning disabilities and is just gorgeous.  

Thank you for sticking with me while I catch up on my garden visits. Not too many more to go!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Christchurch and Graduation

 The visit to Mottisfont a couple of weeks ago was en route to a stay in Bournemouth for youngest daughter's graduation.  It was a lovely couple of days by the sea and exploring the New Forest and as usual I found some gardens to visit.
This is the Red House Museum garden in Christchurch. Tucked away near the Priory and the Quay, it's a peaceful, pretty place, packed with roses and cottage flowers.

I loved the walled herb garden with it's sunken lawn and pond.

I then had a wander round the beautiful Priory and admired the stained glass windows.

And here is youngest daughter after the ceremony.  She actually finished last year, but for various reasons had to wait for this year's graduation.  We're incredibly proud that she made it in the end.

We rounded off the day with a trip to the beach near Hengistbury Head for a cooling paddle.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Holland Park, London

On a recent trip to London to visit my daughter, we decided to meet in Holland Park.  Divided into several areas including woodland and sports pitches, the remains of the old Holland House provide the backdrop for various different gardens and spaces that feel a world away from the busy high streets nearby.

At the centre is the Kyoto Garden, with it's pond full of koi carp. Donated by the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce it's a peaceful place with some beautiful, restrained planting, and peacocks wandering around.

The Dutch Garden is very different but very pretty. Formal beds filled with seasonal planting, I loved the mix of bright annuals and cabbages, chard and lettuces going to seed. 

Under a covered walkway are 11 murals depicting a garden party in the grounds in the 1870s. Painted by Mao Wenbiao in 1995, with many of the faces being real people who commissioned the murals. What a lovely idea.

One of the loveliest parks in London. Worth a visit if you're in the area.