June view 2009

June view 2009
View of rose and herb garden, June 2009

Small Garden Story

Over some 15 + years, I have been photographing the evolution of my small (85 x 15 foot) garden and it seems a waste not to put these records into some sort of context. Beginning here in April 2010 this Blog is intended to both act as a diary and to share past and present successes (and some failures), pleasures and disappointments with fellow garden-lovers. In due course, I intend to fill in some of the background and early days but that will have to wait until the winter months!

Monday, 6 September 2010

Garden visit - Barrington Court

Went to a very special house and garden at the weekend - National Trust's Barrington Court in Somerset.  The 16th century house, once owned by the Lyle family (sugar people), is empty - except for Lyle's extraordinary collection of wooden paneling!   I loved the atmosphere and the fact you could soak it up without having reams to read about precious furnishings. 

The gardens are worth a visit in their own right - part-designed by Gertrude Jekyll (advice "by post"!).  Even in September there was masses of variety - a delightful, airy white garden, some lusciously-planted herbaceous stretches and a waterlily garden overlooked by the restaurant which was positively bursting with fiery hues including dense beds of dahlia Grenadier.   I shall be looking out for that.   There is also an extremely productive walled vegetable garden and some whacky features like the umbrellas.   Here are a few shots.

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