I haven’t posted a roundup post for the old house garden for a while because we have been busy creating a rose garden in the middle section of the old house garden.
I have blogged about the middle section of the garden before here
When we moved into the old house, the garden had been badly neglected but we could see what an amazing place it could be. It was dark and gloomy and we have spent the past 18 months concentrating on the garden before we can tackle the house.
Now I could write a post explaining about how we created this garden but I must admit I find those types of posts a little tedious so instead I am posting lots of photographs so you can see the different stages. Do feel free to ask any questions though.
We tried to recycle patio slabs we already had but we did need to buy red pavers, a patio circle, cement, gravel, stones, compost and plants. As we did it all for ourselves we think we have spent about £800. We also saved money by going to a Nursery plant fair at the end of their season which saved us money on the roses and lavender.
The roses we bought are: David Austin Olivia Rose, Generous Gardener and Brother Cadfael. I love the fact that these roses have peony type blooms and are pale to mid pink with a lovely old English scent. We also planted lavender. We have room for more so I will look out for other roses in the Spring but would welcome suggestions.
Already, I love this area! We hope to buy a couple of benches for the seating circle so that we can sit and enjoy this area. We are not sure at this point whether to add a table and chair set to the patio circle or we did think a large urn on a plinth may look better. What do you think?
OH THE JOYS OF LIVING IN THE OLD HOUSE IN THE SHIRES.
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.
With all the rain and wind of last week, my Lupins are looking a little flopsy but are still stunning in 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.
At the weekend we were able to take a visit to Middlewick House in Corsham, Wiltshire. This beautiful house is owned by Pink Floyd’s drummer, Nick Mason and his family. It was once owned by Camilla, Duchess of Cambridge.
Nick opens his house for charity for a weekend in June and as we have never been, we thought we go and take a look! Hubbie came too but we left the children and Dottie at home this time.
As we arrived, we could not believe that there were so many people! We just couldn’t work it out until we walked up the drive to see this…
Nick had also decided to let the public see his car collection! What a very clever man! Beautiful gardens, a classic car collection, plants to buy, a BBQ and drinks. There were people with picnics, dogs and young children were running around and of course, everyone were very interested in the cars!
And now for the gardens….
Apart from the kitchen garden you could also roam around the rest of the garden.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon raising money for The Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
During half term, my teenagers and I went to to Iford Manor to see the gardens of Harold Peto. I think my children were humoring me but it was so nice to have their company!
Iford Manor is near the Wiltshire town of Bradford on Avon and is very, very beautiful. There has been a settlement here since Roman Times and the Manor is from the 14th Century. The Gardens are Grade 1 listed which means they are of national importance. They were designed in the early part of the twentieth century by Harold Peto who also lived in the Manor but have recently been restored. Harold Peto was clearly inspired by Italian style garden structure with columns, board walks and statues. There is also an oriental themed pond area.
I will leave you with lots of photos which will help you to envisage the garden.
The planting is simple but effective with sways of Nepeta, lilies, Salvia and Allium. Some of the original Wisteria also remains.
The pond area was lovely and it was full of tadpoles!
It was a lovely way to spend a few hours. It’s not a place for children particularly but there were children there who seemed to be playing hide and seek and loving it!
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 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 pleached lime trees are an inspiration…I would love to add some to the old house garden…
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!
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!
Part of My Glorious Gardens series.
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