Sunday, 23 July 2017

Tintinhull Garden

Tintinhull Garden was the fourth garden of the day, normally I'd feel that 2 gardens per day would be an absolute maximum, but in Somerset, there are so many gardens to visit, and I didn't want to miss too many out.
The garden was created in the last century around the 17th century manor house, the garden is divided into rooms by clipped hedges and walls, with each room having its own character and identity. Included are The Pool Garden, Fountain Garden and traditional Kitchen Garden, the planting schemes are carefully thought out and the effect is charming.The garden is largely the creation of Phyllis Reiss who moved to Tintinhull with her husband in 1933, later on Penelope Hobhouse moved in and managed the garden in the 1980s
There are many long vistas, this one was to the seated area at one end of the Pool Garden, I would like to have sat in it, but a group stayed in there chatting for the whole time we were walking round the garden
This is the vista seen when walking through the middle garden towards the fountain garden.
In the kitchen garden, the lavender edging the bed was stunning
Did it look more like this? I'm forever trying to catch the mood and the colours, I think ti may have been in between the two photos
The sweet peas were glorious
and these lettuces were fabulous
A very healthy Datura
and since it was past 5pm, we gave up trying to sit down in the Pool Garden and took this photo from in front of the cabin.
The garden is very tranquil and as commented elsewhere a gardener's garden.

Lytes Cary Manor

Lytes Cary Manor is a National Trust property, surrounded by a beautiful garden, photographed on their website from the same position as I chose, although theirs is taken nearer the building and the colours are brilliant. They say this:
'Lytes Cary Manor is an intimate medieval manor house with a beautiful Arts and Crafts garden where you can imagine living.
Originally the family home of Henry Lyte, where he translated the unique Niewe Herball book on herbal remedies, Lytes Cary was then lovingly restored in the 20th century by Sir Walter Jenner.
The garden rooms contain a magical collection of topiary and herbaceous borders, while tranquil walks on the estate take you along the River Cary.
To complete your visit, take a stroll among our community allotments and discover their creative and colourful designs'.
The planting in the garden complements the house beautifully.
These Aeoniums were glowing in a corner of the garden, brightening up an area. How do they get them to grow so large?
Lavender and Alliums were beautiful along beside the house
This area was protected from visitors, because the west wing is rented out for holiday makers.
What a glorious place to stay.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Midney Gardens

Between East Lambrook Manor and Lytes Carey we found Midney Gardens, although the gardens were only begun 8 years ago, they gained the accolade of becoming an RHS Partner Garden this year and it's easy to see why when you visit.
The gardens are divided into several distinct sections: Seaside Garden, Plantsman's garden, Vegetable Garden, World Garden, Grasses, Woodland Walk and Wild Life Garden, Herb Garden and long views and glimpses garden. We started with the Seaside Garden
which has a wonderful beachy feel
From there we walked into the Plantsman's Garden
From one end of the garden, we walked back through the seaside garden to the other part of the garden, through interestingly arranged vegetables and herbs
on either side of a path
These Alliums were beautiful
as were the special arrangements in the middle of the path.
At the far end of the garden, there's a Labyrinth with a standing stone at the centre. The information on the board about the Labyrinth encourages the visitor to experience the calmness achieved by walking to the centre and back again. There were large numbers of butterflies and birds in the garden, obviously a haven for wildlife.

There's also a polytunnel with fascinating and wonderful arrays of plants from around the world
This was a lovely arrangement of Echeverias and Aeoniums
and more in another part of the polytunnel
I bought 3 plants and put them in a pot together; I took a photograph which I must find and add.

East Lambrook Manor Gardens

East Lambrook Manor Gardens is the iconic and quintessentially English cottage garden created by the celebrated 20th-century plantswoman and gardening writer Margery Fish. It was here that she developed her own style of gardening, combining old-fashioned and contemporary plants in a relaxed and informal manner to create a garden of immense beauty and charm.
The English Heritage Grade 1 listed garden is characterised by many winding paths through abundant borders and is renowned as the premier example of the English cottage garden style. It has noted collections of snowdrops, hellebores and hardy geraniums and there is an excellent specialist hardy plant nursery in the garden.
I loved visiting the garden, the planting is fantastic, even in the borders beside the car park as can be  in the photo below:
here's the sign outside
It's a plantswomans garden with plants absolutely packed into borders, with narrow walkways in between borders in much of the garden where the plants look really healthy

Here's Lyn on one of the paths:
and a fabulous bushy clematis, I bought one in the wonderful plant sales area, but mine has yet to look like this one!!
This is a general shot of the wilder area where things grew in profusion.
I loved these yellow flowered plants. Anyone know what they are?
This is the plant sales area beautifully laid out with examples of many different geraniums in the semi circular bed. All the plants were very healthy, grown on site and there was a massive amount of choice and some very unusual plants.
This is what I bought.
A lovely garden to visit, I was really pleased to see it filmed on BBC Gardeners World at the end of June. Here's a link to the programme with 9 days left to view:

Hestercombe Gardens

Hestercombe has a unique combination of three centuries of garden design: Coplestone Warre Bampfylde’s Georgian landscape garden, the Victorian terrace and shrubbery and the stunning Edwardian garden design by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll.
We started looking round the landscape garden, set in 50 acres, it seemed varied and quite extensive, with many few features to draw the visitor onwards round the paths linking the features.
As you can see there's quite a difference in levels:
Above the Rustic seat seen from above, and below The Gothic Alcove
Below The Witch House rediscovered in 1999 by a team of archaeologists
On the walls inside, you can see a witch on a broom, an owl and a cat and a spotted snake
Here's The Mausoleum, restored in 1997, originally built in the 1750.
The Landscape Garden is well constructed with many more features, like the Great Cascade, that I haven't mentioned, and lovely for an interesting walk, but I loved the Dutch garden, seen below, it's part of the Formal Garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edward Lutyens between 1904-1908. It's apparently been restored to the way it was first conceived by the pair with their planting schemes.
Here's a bit of detail in the stonework near the steps down to the Orangery, a building created by Lutyens in his classical style

From the Victorian Terrace in front of the Orangery, you can look over the most splendid part of their garden, I had several attempts at getting a good photograph
On either side of the formal garden are beautifully restored Rills
with water spouts at the top
Along the whole width of the Formal Garden is a Pergola providing a semi transparent boundary enclosing the garden, yet allowing it to remain linked to the surrounding countryside
At each end of the Pergola, windows known as l'oeil de boeuf, create focal points that pierce the wall and give tantalising views of the countryside beyond.
The pillars of the Pergola have beautifully trained vines, climbing roses and clematis winding around them.
Looking at the art exhibition afterwards inside the house, I took more photos of the fantastically laid out garden. This might be the best one I took.
Hestercombe Gardens have a well deserved reputation for excellence, the cafe and plant sales were also very good.