Just when I need a sitdown.
Just when I need a sitdown.
Although I appreciate the amount of work that goes into making a garden neat and pristine, with everything ordered, it really doesn’t suit me at all. You knew that didn’t you?
You know I bend rules as well, but Jude won’t mind, she said she’d like this place.
So here we are back at Hill House, where you can find all kinds of rustic treasure.
Add a touch of creativity, wouldn’t these make interesting features?
Or you could look inside the glasshouse,
So who knows what this is?
So do you know what the climbing plant frame was originally?
Okay, it’s a wine bottle drier 🙂 and like all these items, it’s for sale.
Jude’s Garden Challenge theme this month is ‘Favourite Gardens’, may be you’d like to join in.
your kind of garden?
Hill House is a small, independent nursery at Landscove, Devon. Driving the last three miles to get there isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it’s a single track lane with pull-ins in case you’re unlucky and meet a tractor. if you’re the passenger and don’t have to concentrate on the road, the views are spectacular. The road from the Devon Expressway takes you up Love Lane, Whistley Hill, Chuley Hill and Cabbage Hill!
Hill House is really worth the drive, it’s the prettiest place, with unusual plants, very friendly people and the best cakes, all made on the premises. They don’t mind you wandering around the garden,
On a sunny day it’s a peaceful spot for lunch, cream tea (cream first, then jam of course) or some of that cake. The borders are densely planted, if you fall for something, you may find it in the nursery. There are narrow paths that open up to little surprises.
I’ll show you the nursery soon, I think you’ll love all the reclaimed items it has.
This is a scheduled post, be back soon.
These must be Bramleys
fruiting nicely on floor three
crumble will follow
As so often happens I’m late to the party, but I’ll just mention anyway that this photo would have worked for Jude’s Garden Challenge, ‘The Edible Garden’, for July.
Last week I posted about a quick visit to Buckland Abbey and hinted that I went somewhere else, between munch stops there. As well as Buckland, just two miles away is the beautiful Garden House, a long time favourite of mine. It was created by Keith Wiley, and considered one of the most innovative gardens in Britain. Keith left the Garden House behind twelve years ago, but he didn’t go very far, Wildside, along with Buckland and the Garden House form a trio of must see gardens, within three miles.
With his wife, artist Ros Wiley, Keith has taken a few acres of field and transformed it into a paradise filled with plants from close to home and around the world. The garden has a naturalistic style, and aims to allow plants to thrive as they would in the wild. They began by developing the lower garden.
It looks so mature, you’d never believe it’s only been twelve years.
The upper garden and the transitional areas are still being worked on, but of course a garden is never finished anyway.
I’m afraid it was a rainy day, I was holding my camera and an umbrella and both wobbled around, so my photos don’t do the garden justice. I’ll just have to go back again!
The garden is only open a few days each year, and they have a few plants for sale. My eyes feasted on a little Molly the Witch peony, I brought it home and hope I can keep it alive. Keith and Ros were there and happy to chat, I asked how many people they have helping them. The answer, none, they’ve done it all on their own, a remarkable feat.
I’d highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area at the right time, and I intend to watch the future developments of this glorious floral canvas.
Last Sunday my friend picked me up to take me for a birthday trip. It was a very grey day, and the direction we took meant that the forecast rain was inevitable. It was quite odd to be in the passenger seat, Sue isn’t an enthusiastic driver so I’m usually behind the wheel even in her car. This is the road across Dartmoor.
It doesn’t look promising does it?
Our actual destination doesn’t have any café facilities, and it was already 11.45 so we stopped off at Buckland, for coffee and halfsies on a piece of Bakewell tart.
The restaurant at Buckland has the most interesting old beams.
National trust plant centres are always tempting but I knew there would be more interesting choices later on.
Now just play nicely together for a little while, because I’m not taking you where I went just yet, there are too many photos and I have to try to choose some okay ones from the endless blurred rainy day ones.
Three hours have passed and we’re back at Buckland, too late for a hot lunch or sandwich, but starving, thank goodness for a cheese and onion pasty! Then it’s outside for a stroll. It’s still grey but here are some cheerful stars.
and a pretty garden wall and fence.
with a very formal Elizabethan garden.
The last time I visited Buckland Abbey it was April and there wasn’t much to see in the garden at all. This time I mainly saw purple, pink and magenta.
Even around the corner in the border to the side of the Abbey.
Thank you Buckland for providing the contrast in the middle of my day!
Paula says that mirrors do not always show the true state of things, I agree, until I look into one. Sometimes they can show an alternate reality, I think that’s happening in my photo.
Peace and happiness this weekend everyone.