Reminiscent of medieval windows
In repose against an ancient wall
Twinned seats in iron wrought
Languishing until the return of spring
To warm and settle the metal
Into a welcoming retreat
Until then you chill the cheeks
Of any brave or foolish souls
Who linger in the sleeping garden
Unblessed by loves gentle glow
I followed last Saturday at Coleton Fishacre by spending Sunday at Knightshayes, but as I was there for a craft fair, I only had time to wander in the kitchen garden. Still, there was lots to see for October and it didn’t rain until I went back inside (after having a conversation with the geese).
Heading for the walled garden
One of the little turret corners
They had beans for sale but I’m not a fan of runners!
Handsome rhubarb forcing pots
They make a rose wine with these and the green grapes they grow
Herbs, vines and hedges
Looking back towards the grounds
The stable blocks . . .
. . . that now house the main shop, restaurant, and second hand book room. Twice a year the Mid Devon Craft Guild have a fair in the room on the left for two weeks, thats where my friend and I spent the day.
Knightshayes Court is a Victorian Country house owned by the National Trust. The house is beautifully decorated, I don’t know if I will be able to take photos, but I’ll go back in spring to see it again as well as the main garden which has more than 1200 plant species.
After many years of visiting National Trust properties I have finally become a member so for the next year I’ll be featuring the places I enjoy.