Sunday, 10 June 2012

A tour of an English private country garden- part 1

There is nothing like an English country garden- and today I would like to take you on a small guided tour of one of those private , exquisite and quintessentially English gardens here which are rarely open to the public .

This garden is quite near where I live and it was open today for just one day to the public, in aid of a local charity.

The borders are very cleverly designed with a good eye for colour and contrast, as with these purple ornamental onions and the fuchsia coloured pentstemon.

I love the fact that these ornamental onions keep their interest even after the flowers have faded- as the structure is so striking.

We had visited this garden two years ago, and  - I noticed they had managed to invest quite a bit in extra   ornamental onions which you could see in all kind of varieties.. here is a different variety with a different purple, teamed up with yellow Welsh poppies..

I thought it looked spectacular just as seed heads in green , in contrast to the purple Iris in this picture.

There is almost too much to see in this garden so I will split this up in two posts or you will get visual overload and garden fatigue!!
There are statues and urns everywhere to provide interesting focal points- like this urn in one of the gardens which is all in white with no other coloured plants- even the ornamental onions are white!

The borders are really what you expect of a classic English garden, full of perennials and with lovely colour schemes..

Who would not dream away in a garden like this!!

And some garden statues are just lovely..and in a lovely setting too..

We're not even halfway through this garden but I feel I should sit down and relax.. thankfully there are loads of benches..
There are also all kind of water related features like ponds and streams with statues like this..

What a fabulous setting !

There is much, much more to see- but I will leave that for the next post - as I am going to have a cup of tea and then it's to bed..

Hope you ahve enjoyed the tour and till part two!


Aunt B said...

Lovely tour. Thank you. One of the great pleasures of the internet is that it affords the opportunity for armchair travel. :)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Bea,

You are a lucky girl for having visited and walked, almost like a dream, in this garden.
How lush is everything and I love the white 'Moon' garden!
All areas are special and this must be a lot of work for maintaining, pruning and shaping. The statues make you think you're dreaming... What a setting.
Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

NanaDiana said...

Bea-What beautiful, beautiful gardens. The statuary is gorgeous! xo Diana