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Bluebell Cottage Bliss

“How is it that all these great gardeners are whippet thin?” asked Enid tucking into a large slice of Lemon Drizzle cake (Enid had been rather outspoken all morning and was continuing in this vein…).The slim gardener in question was the very lovely Sue Beesley, owner of Bluebell Cottage Garden and Nursery in Dutton which my class was visiting this morning, the last open day of the year. 730 more words

Garden Visits

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden

Today I visited The University of Oxford Botanic Garden and despite it being the end of September and most things are well past their best, I found it impressive and inspiring.   518 more words

Garden Blogging

Arlington Row in Bibury

Bibury is one of the most well known of all Cotswold villages. With rows of honey coloured stone cottages, a beautiful church, a nice hotel and good pubs it’s a lovely place to soak up the relaxed atmosphere and to enjoy a stroll and a meal if you’re in the area. 309 more words


In The Fuchsia Garden

One of my favorite places is the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific.  A gardener’s garden.  I learn something each visit.

This time it’s putting a specific name to the hardy fuchsia growing in our own garden: 231 more words

Seasonal Color

The Red Borders at Hidcote

A visit to Hidcote Manor Garden had me drooling over the Red Borders again this month. The entire garden is quite lovely but in September the Red Borders are the stars for me. 1,056 more words

Planting Combinations

Minterne woodland garden

I recently wrote about Minterne House, half-way between Dorchester and Sherborne in Dorset, but the place’s main attraction is its woodland garden.

The U-shaped trail is just over a mile long and we went very early in the day, so we were alone to enjoy the tranquillity among the trees, which are mostly tall beeches, oaks and conifers around a chain of ponds and streams. 812 more words

Helenium 'Dark Beauty'

We visited Forde Abbey in Dorset recently. It’s an amazing garden and well worth a visit. 226 more words