The RHS Malvern Spring Festival, is a great place for gardeners to find inspiration. Held on the Three Counties Showground it benefits from having the glorious backdrop of the Malvern Hills.Continue reading
Reviews of gardens, NGS open gardens, village open gardens, garden shows and festivals.
I love seeing wild daffodils and here in Gloucestershire we have an area known as the Golden Triangle, where once they flowered so profusely, that they were picked commercially. Nowadays, they are less common, but fortunately there are still some areas where you can enjoy them.
I thought I would take a peek at the snowdrops at Cerney House Gardens, near Cirencester, in Gloucestershire this week – they have been flowering for weeks now and guessed they wouldn’t be around too much longer.
Easton Walled Gardens are set in a beautiful valley in the heart of the Lincolnshire countryside, just south of Grantham. The 12 acres of gardens were abandoned in 1951 when Easton Hall house was demolished and they gradually became overgrown.
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, in Dorset which, because of a localised micro-climate, are filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world.
On the edge of a secluded valley, deep in the Dorset countryside, is Mapperton House, a Jacobean manor house, and home to the Earl and Countess of Sandwich.
The house itself is only open for a few weeks during the summer, but the gardens are open from the beginning of March to the end of October and were the reason for our visit.
The Gloucestershire village of Elkstone is one of the highest villages in the Cotswolds and is situated half way between Cirencester and Cheltenham.
The half-timbered lych-gate at St Mary’s church, Painswick in Gloucestershire, looking pretty with the crocuses blooming in the sunshine today. The churchyard is world-famous for its 99 clipped yew trees.
Painswick is sometimes referred to at ‘The Queen of the Cotswolds’ and is a photographer’s paradise.
The BBC drama, The Casual Vacancy based on a story by JK Rowling, is partly set in the village of Painswick.
We visited Spetchley Park gardens in June this year and promised we would return later in the year to see the autumn colours. It did not disappoint!