It's been quite some time since I made a visit to RHS Wisley, so when my friend suggest we went to Wisley on Sunday I was more than happy. The weather, however, was not on our side and it was drear and dank with that horrible drizzle which is quite wetting. I have been using … Continue reading RHS Wisley in a Brown Winter Coat
I recently had a wonderful and happy weekend on the Isle of Wight with my cousin. We took the bus on Saturday morning to Osborne House, owned by English Heritage, the holiday home of Queen Victoria, which later became her reclusive home following the death of her husband Prince Albert. The house is in … Continue reading Osborne House, IoW and Coleus Overload
There is something special about having an interesting, and different, garden near enough to be able to visit it regularly. Sussex Prairie Garden is certainly different and interesting. I have written a couple of posts about this garden, mainly because of its development throughout the year. It never looks the same from one visit to … Continue reading The Grass is as High as an Elephant’s Eye… Nearly
Two months ago, I re-read ‘The Secret Garden’ written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. At the same time I did a spot of research into the writer, and discovered that Great Maytham Hall was the inspiration for her famous book and that the gardens were open to the public through the National Garden Scheme on 20 and … Continue reading Great Maytham Hall, Rolvenden, Kent : A Secret Garden
There are different types of gardens we can visit, those belonging to friends and family, gardens opened on occasions through the National Garden Scheme, National Trust Gardens and then we have small private gardens opened perhaps only once a year for events such as the Henfield Gardens and Arts Weekend. I first visited the Henfield … Continue reading Open Gardens Weekend, Henfield, West Sussex
Until last week I had never heard of Woolbeding Gardens, near Midhurst in West Sussex. Although owned by the NT since 1958, Woolbeding has been leased since the early 1970s to the late Sir Simon Sainsbury and his partner Stewart Grimshaw, and they created the garden as it is today. When Sir Sainsbury died in … Continue reading An Elephant in a NT Garden? – Woolbeding, nr Midhurst.