Going to and from Austria earlier in the summer was a good opportunity to visit some more gardens. We were flying from Birmingham so we thought we would call in at Ryton Organic garden near Coventry. We are organic but each year we have such a problem with bindweed so wanted to see what their solution was.
Their solution was to keep pulling it out each time we saw any, this would weaken it and eventually it would give up and just die!! We are trying this and will wait and see if it is successful. The garden was very pretty and we got lots of inspiration for our bee and butterfly border- veronica,Lychnis coronaria,malva,achillia,salvia and nemesia.
On our way back from the airport we visited Russell’s Quarry garden in Mill Hill near Coventry. This is mainly a foliage garden to set off the sculptures- some abstract, some realistic- all enjoyable in a beautiful setting
In the outer areas where there are various flowery meadows there are larger sculptures of horses etc. but suddenly when I was just about to take a photo of a bronze fox- it moved !! I crept through the long grass after it and managed a few more photos of it- lovely memories.
I had a visit to Holcombe Court in the summer with Devon Plant Heritage group. The garden was a great delight with a fantastic walled parterre garden, beautiful herbacious border , rockery and ponds
I went with my friend Jill, who is the person who got me into gardening and shared all her plants so generously with me when I was just starting the garden here, and I didn’t speak any Latin until I met her!! We both thoroughly enjoyed our visit and came home greatly inspired.
In July we managed to visit West Green House near Hook in Hampshire when we were on our way to London. We went at the end of the heatwave that the country was having at the time and the garden did look a bit stressed in spite of the sprinklers playing everywhere. Really loved the Alice garden (inspired by Alice in Wonderland) which is mainly clipped yew and box topiary with lots of geraniums for colour, just the three colours, green, white and red. We sat there and had our coffee and decided that it was very different from any other garden that we have visited