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Dyffryn in June

Earlier last month, I enjoyed a tranquil walk around Dyffryn Gardens, covering most of the arboretum and more structured gardens. 185 more words


Secrets of the Swiss Garden...in Bedfordshire: How Shuttleworth's garden is maturing a year on from £3.6million restoration.

IT’S a curiosity, that’s for sure. A nine-acre landscaped garden based on a Regency fondness for all things Swiss.

Swiss Garden, between Bedford and Biggleswade, has a ferny grotto, thatched hideaways on handmade hills, a whole load of 150-year-old fake stonework and a meandering stream with precarious humped bridges. 1,010 more words

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Mottistone return

Last year’s visit to Mottistone was on Mother’s Day in March, but for my return this year I went on my birthday, in mid June, and of course it looked very different. 284 more words

Garden Visits

A visit to the Botanic Gardens

It has been a long time since I spent an afternoon at the Botanic Gardens in Dublin but this weekend I got to spend a sun filled afternoon exploring the greenhouses and gardens there. 263 more words



On a recent visit to Dyffryn Gardens, just west of Cardiff, on a fairly dull day, I was mesmerised by the carpet of pink petals strewn across the ground beneath a venerable Cercis siliquastrum, carpeting a lovely set of stone steps. 15 more words


Patti's Garden

Nesting between the North Deeside Road and the old  railway line lies the most wonderful garden.  It is set a long way from the road so you would never know it was there – unless of course you walk, run or cycle along the old railway line and then you may have gazed longingly into the bottom of the garden wondering what was beyond. 504 more words


Bishop's palace and gardens

Perhaps this is a terrible indictment on the state of education in the UK, but the extent of my knowledge about the bishop of Bath and Wells (of whom, presumably, there have been many) is his appearance in Blackadder. 319 more words