My Glorious Gardens series: Tyntesfield on Fathers Day 2017.

Our son was training in Bristol this Sunday so we decided to make the most of the lovely weather and take a trip to Tyntesfield, near Bristol. We went to look at the gardens but you can’t go somewhere like Tyntesfield without visiting the house too!

Tyntesfield was bought by the National Trust in 2001 with help from the local community. It was extended as a family home in the 1860’s by William Gibbs who, at that time, was the richest commoner in England, having made his fortune from the sale of guano which was used as fertiliser. When it was sold, the owner of the time, Richard Gibbs was living in just 3 rooms as it needed so much work doing to it. The work that the National Trust has done is clear yet impressive. The house is a Victorian Gothic Revival House of wonder with over 50,000 pieces of interest. I was chatting to one of the guides who said that nothing was ever thrown away meaning that this unique property and it’s contents have been preserved in their entirety. It certainly feels as if you are stepping into a bygone age at Tyntesfield and it an absolute joy!

Tyntesfield was used by Clifton College in the second World War-can you imagine going to school here?

As you walk towards the house, you can take the route through the Rose Garden. I was really interested to see this as we want to try to create something similar in the old house garden. It was stunning, built on a slight hill with lovely views.

The rose archway leading to a raised terrace.
Me walking through the rose arch.
The view from the terrace was amazing!
I loved the Box hedging; unfortunately some had blight so was cordoned off.
Gothic statues at the bottom of the steps leading to the Rose Garden
In each corner were small gazebos and beautiful Acers

We arrived quite early so missed the crowds but there were many people enjoying the classic car collection for Fathers Day.

The main entrance with the classic car collection
More classic cars!
The gothic turrets and features were beautiful
The main front entrance

We were lucky to get to see the house. They restrict the number of visitors so you do need to get here early. The house opened at 11am and we went in before the crowds!

Inside is truly a masterpiece of Gothic craftsmanship. The interiors are not to my taste but you can not fail to be impressed by all the detail. The ceilings are ornately carved and the fire places are large stone affairs. From the Billiard room, a masculine space designed for leisurely pursuits to the grand dining room with it’s table laid for dinner, it’s a beautiful place to wander.

The ornate staircase
Wow! What a fireplace!
The Sitting Room

The grand Dining Room with original wallpaper
I was amazed to see so many pieces still in the house such as this picnic set and travelling luggage in the kitchen.
The detail of the roof in the Billiard Room.
The family also added a grand and frankly, enormous Chapel. It was completed in the 1870’s just after William Gibbs died. It is larger than most village churches and has all the original chairs and altar furniture.

The chapel at Tyntesfield

The Chapel on the outside
The Altar
We then wandered to the Kitchen garden which was huge! The garden produced enough for the entire estate and the family even had produce brought to them weekly when they were at their London residence.

The walled kitchen garden
The walled kitchen garden at Tyntesfield
The herbaceous borders near the extensive greenhouses
The orangery.
Inside the orangery

By this time we were boiling hot and had to get back to collect our son. We stayed about 3 hours but this is definitely a place that you could stay all day. I feel I need to go back to see it all again as I expect we missed quite a lot! Being National Trust members means we can easily go back whenever we wish.

Tyntesfield has got to be the most impressive house I have visited recently. It deserves more attention and I’m so glad the National Trust have done such a great job in preserving it.

I will leave you with some more beautiful photographs of a fabulous few hours!

The Rose Garden
Fab gothic bench!

View from the Master Bedroom
Formal planting at the front of the house

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The Old House Garden Round Up: Dottie, Tilly & Tiger make an appearance. 14th June 2017.

The pets have been enjoying the garden this week. The weather has been varied but in no way as wet as last week!

Tiger has discovered the Nepeta (Cat Nip) and loves it almost as much as the bees. Dottie is just bonkers as ever!

Dottie loves to play with her towel that I lay on the patio for her to sunbathe on!

The garden has really grown after all the rain but of course with rain comes slugs and snails. I have tried beer traps, picking them off at dusk and putting down egg shells but they have still got to some of my vegetables which is frustrating! I wrote a post about dealing with slugs and snails organically here but fear I am failing somewhat!

Here are the vegetables.

The beans and peas are doing well. The rhubarb is only in its second year so I won’t harvest from it until next year. I have put Marigolds around my pumpkin in a hope of confusing those pesky slugs!
This bed is looking sad; I would have expected more growth really. You can see my beer trap. I’m going to add more.
Another beer trap is full this morning!
The vegetables in the Greenhouse are doing much better. I have found at least 2 slow worms living in here (giving me a fright!) but I think they are eating any snails or slugs that manage to get in.
The Beetroot is looking healthy
With all the rain and wind of last week, my Lupins are looking a little flopsy but are still stunning in the cottage border.

Flopsy Lupins!
The Cottage Border
At the weekend we added some annuals such as Cosmos in this border to fill in any gaps. I think I would like to add some more as I love their pop of colour in here.

The clematis is still flowering on the archway and now the rose is too. This rose is a climber called New Dawn.
The yellow, red and orange border
We have added some annuals such as Zinnia in here and planted some yellow lupins.
This is the new area that we cant decide what to do with so we scattered some wildflowers seeds here for this year and they are now beginning to grow rapidly. The new roses are also blooming too. We have David Austin’s Compassion.
This is my next project! Although it’s only overgrown. I want to see what grows here in full first.
The Verbena are getting very tall!
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#MyGloriousGarden Linky week 2.

Hello and welcome to #MyGloriousGardens Linky week 2.

Thank you so much to the Linkers from last week.
We had 8 linkers. All posts were fabulous so I wont be picking favourites!

Crummymummy wrote about the development of her wildlife garden with Homebase plants. I loved her homes for hedgehogs and the way she involved her children. I will be following her new garden with interest.

wildaboutnauture linked her photography post about her garden. I love seeing what people plant don’t you? I loved her globe alliums.

CadyLuckLeedy shared her visit to The Gardens of Mainz in Germany. She and I have bonded over our visits to different gardens I think! Again, photos tells more than words sometimes and this post was all about that Magnolia in my opinion! Stunning.

Rivendellgarden This is John Kingdon’s site. He is a brilliant man in that he collates all the gardening blogs in one place for us all! I’m featuring this month so thank you John. Do pop over to his site to find out more.

OfftheEdgeGardening A lovely post about Gill’s revisit to a garden from her past with her Plant Heritage group. I love the way she has captured the weeping Irises.

Sowhatnow768 A fun post about the Linkers (I know her name but I think she would like to stay anonymous!) introduction of her chickens with fabulous names! I read this blog often and she always makes me laugh!

Msnubutterflies Such a fabulous post. How a garden became the daily inspiration for Shannon as she battles with MS. I love how uplifting this post was and how it made me see that the little things are as important. There is a part 2 to this post so I hope Shannon links again!

Watchingthedaisies posted 3 posts and all were Glorious! Thank you Brigid! I particularly love her post about The healing Power of Gardens and seeing her garden that she has transformed into a paradise! I agree that gardens and outdoor spaces can be so rewarding and calming. Brigid has a book out so she knows her stuff!

Thank you all again. I love all your posts.

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My Glorious Gardens Series: Chelsea Flower show 2017: The other gardens we loved.

At Chelsea Flower Show 2017, there were the Show Gardens which I blogged about in my previous post. There were also Artisan Gardens, Feel Good Gardens and Fresh Gardens which, in some ways were even better!

Gosho No Niwa No Wall, No War Garden. Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

This was the Gosho No Niwa No Wall, No War, Garden part of the Artisan Gardens. It was very busy when we visited here as they were about to film but here is the designer, Kazuyuki  Ishihara. The garden was exquisite in its detail. Each rock looked at if it had been polished and each piece of moss delicately plumped up! It was inspired by the historical gardens of Kyoto with Acer’s, sedums and a cool pool with contemporary structure with a glass floor. We both really loved this garden; what a shame we couldn’t view it properly! This garden won a gold award and it is easy to see why.

The Chris Evans Taste Garden. Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

This was a simple, yet clean and crisp garden full of gorgeous and perfect vegetables! This was inspired by Mary Berry and was very popular with the visitors. As beginners at growing vegetables, it was a bit annoying to see such perfection to be honest but we were impressed that there were over 50 different ones in this small space!

The Jeremy Vine Texture Garden. Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

This was the Jeremy Vine Texture Garden. You could see the work that had gone into creating them his garden immediately. Unfortunately, this is a textured garden and one that should be felt as well as looked at! I just wanted to get in there but we obviously couldn’t! I loved the clipped hedging and smooth pathways.

Mind Trap. Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

This garden was called Mind trap and was created from experiences with mental health. We could see what this garden was trying to create but it just didn’t work in our opinion. We really thought that other Gardens deserved the Gold award it was given (sorry!).  It was just too obvious and tried too hard.

The poetry lovers garden. Chelsea Flower Show 2017. Here is the designer Fiona Cadwallader.
The poetry lovers garden. Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

My photographs do not do this garden justice. This was one of the best garden at the entire show in our opinion! I absolutely loved the planting and the dry stone walls. I expect it reminded me of the old house garden in that respect. We spent quite a while admiring it hence the lack of quality photos! I loved the colours and the tranquil feel to the garden. This contrasted so well to the contemporary ,metal water feature and lounger. This is the one garden we went back to a few times!

Chelsea Flower Show is a glorious place to visit!

In my next post, I shall review the sites of the Main Pavilion!

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My Glorious Gardens Series: Chelsea Flower Show 2017 -The Show Gardens.

This year, my lovely hubbie bought us tickets to go to the Chelsea Flower Show in London. I’ve always wanted to go but for lots of reasons, we have never been. I was a little worried that this years show would not live up to my expectations as lots of reviewers were saying that with just 7 Show Gardens, how could it? However, as newbies we were just excited to be there at all and the sun was shining! For us, this is not a local event but after a 3 hour journey, we arrived! I will split this into a few posts as there is quite a lot to share!

Firstly, we went on the Tuesday which is the day the awards are presented so there were lots of excitement about who would get Best in Show! I will try to show you some of the Show gardens in this post and make comments on the ones I loved the most.

The Chengdu silk road garden
The Chengdu silk road garden

This one is called “The Chengdu silk road” and was on the largest plot and was a very striking garden. It won a Silver-gilt. It had quite an industrial feel and Hubbie and I just didn’t feel it worked. It was almost as if the designers tried too hard if that makes sense? The planting was quite soft with lots of primulas and buddleia which was such a contrast to the severity of the pink, steel “mountains”. It was different though and brave so deserved its silver-gilt.

The Morgan Stanley Garden
The Morgan Stanley Garden
The Morgan Stanley Garden

We both were looking forward to seeing this garden because a friend of ours completed all the stone walling in this garden -Paul Nash  – Paul repaired the dry stone walls in the old house garden when we moved in and is very talented! This garden was one of our favourites and it’s not tricky to see why! The planting was exquisite; cottage style planting which we love, with a path that moved through the whole garden. In the centre was this gorgeous structure with a roof shaped like a leaf. This garden won a Silver-gilt (should have been gold and best in show in our opinion!)

The M&G garden

This is the M&G garden which was inspired by a Maltese disused quarry. It was certainly brave and unusual but not our choice. It was awarded Best in Show and a Gold award which surprised us at first however, it was unique. The designer, James Basson has been quoted as saying, “It’s not supposed to be pretty!”

500 years of Covent Garden

We couldn’t get near this garden as the BBC were presenting at the time (here is the lovely Rachel de Thame)! This garden took floral heritage as its inspiration and had 3,  30-year-old apple trees in it to mark the fact that Covent Garden was once an orchard garden. It was a beautiful garden but we didn’t feel the modern seating were appropriate somehow, although I did like the green archways. This garden was awarded a Silver award.

Breaking Ground
Breaking Ground

This garden was called Breaking Ground. The metal barriers represent breaking down barriers in Education and the purple Salvias represent lateral thinking. It was sponsored by Wellington College who hope to create a fund for children who would not otherwise be able to afford their fees. We both really enjoyed this garden. The planting was simple, yet effective with Salvia and Hawthorn. This garden received a well deserved Gold award.

The Royal Bank of Canada Garden

This is the Royal Bank of Canada garden which was inspired by the vast diversity of different plants and of the lakes in Canada. I loved the granite boulders and old pine trees used in this garden. It was another very busy garden which received a gold medal.

There were 2 other show gardens which I couldn’t photograph due to all the people! They were called, The Welcome to Yorkshire garden and The linklaters garden for Maggie’s. I liked the Welcome to Yorkshire garden best due to its informal planting and little folly. We didn’t get to see The linklaters garden at all as there was a queue to see it!

Our favourite by far was The Morgan Stanley Garden but they were all amazing! We had a fabulous day and it was worth the long trip to get there. A good tip…..park at Westfield and get the tube to Sloane Square.

In the next post, I will review some of the other gardens and what we found in the Main Pavilion.

These are my own opinions! I am not a garden designer or a horticulturalist but I do know what I like.

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The old house garden: a weekly round up.

I have an old tin bath that I found in the old house garden when we moved in.

During the spring it was filled with some gorgeous tulips that I had planted in the Autumn.

Tulips planted in an old tin bath

The tulips have now died back so I have taken those out and put them in the greenhouse to dry out. I haven’t cut off any of the green leaves that are still attached as this will allow the bulb to gain any remaining nutrients in order to flower next year.

The unplanted old tin bath

I went to B&Q and they had 20% off all plants at the moment so I bought lots of bedding plants to fill the bath. I bought:

  • Petunias -the upright double-flowered ones in purple.
  • Trailing Fuchsias in white, purple and pink.
  • Nemesia in purple.
  • Dahlias in a beautiful pink mix.
The planted old tin bath with summer bedding plants.

It looks rather lovely, especially with the other arrangement I worked on a few weeks ago. The patio looks a little happier. I also took out the enormous Euphorbia that had fallen over in all the rain last week. When I went to tie it back, I saw that it was rotten at the roots so it had to come out sadly.


Dottie loved the sunshine today!

The old tin bath only took an hour to plant up but will hopefully look lovely all summer long. I also moved a clematis into a new pot with a trellis. This clematis was one I bought last year but didn’t do well in the heat at the back of the patio so hopefully will fare better here where it has a little more shade. They like to be planted deep in the soil and I always add a stone across the roots as they like to be slightly shaded. I can’t remember which Clematis this is so we shall see!

Here are some other photos I took in the garden today.

The blue bed
The lupins are beginning to flower
I planted a Solanum crispum last year and it died (or so I thought!). It is not flowering and looks fabulous.
The glory of the Peonies out in full bloom.
A purple anemone
The Alliums are flowering too.

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My Glorious Garden series: Hazelbury Manor Charity Open Day.

This week, I ventured to one of the Open Days for the National Garden Scheme. This is where local gardens are open to the public. Hazelbury Manor is near where I live in Wiltshire and is only open to the public on these days so I decided to go. Unfortunately, it was absolutely pouring with rain and everyone was busy so it was just me and my country boots and very large, umbrella! Even Dottie stayed at home as I wasn’t sure if she would be allowed in.

Hazelbury Manor
Hazelbury Manor

Hazelbury Manor is a Grade I listed privately owned property near the town of Box in Wiltshire. The manor house were not open to the public so I couldn’t go in! What a shame as it looked so inviting! The next Garden Open Day is on Sunday June 11th in the afternoon. I paid £5 to go inside.

The 8 acres of landscaped gardens are Edwardian in design having been laid out by George Kidston in the early 1920’s. The main attraction of these gardens is the beautiful Laburnum walkway and pleached Lime tree avenue.

The Laburnum tunnel at Hazelbury Manor Gardens
A close up of the Laburnum at Hazelbury Manor gardens

The pleached lime trees are an inspiration…I would love to add some to the old house garden…

Pleached trees at Hazelbury Manor Gardens
I felt like I was in The Shining movie!

The gardens were just beautiful but as it was pouring with rain I was all alone! It was a bit spooky to be honest….I can imagine the history of this place and as it was so dark in places so I walked quite quickly!

Hazelbury Manor Gardens
Lots of nooks and hidey places at Hazelbury Manor Gardens

This is not a place to take children particularly although on a warm day it would be a great place to play hide and seek! There is no shop or cafe but it is a stunning garden to roam (alone) on a wet morning! I’m glad I’ve been as I always wondered what was “over the wall.” Now I know!

Cascading pond at Hazelbury Manor Garden

Part of My Glorious Gardens series.

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