If you would like to visit our garden during your stay, please let us know. As a fellow gardening enthusiast you may like to read about the development of our garden over the past few years. This was our first proper garden, at the back of our semi-detached 1930's house, together with the smaller front garden.
The only original features in the back garden were the prolific vine, pergola and pond. The first stage was to set out the shady herbaceous border and plant a small formal lawn near the house.
The next stage, in late 2000, we took up the lower part of the garden lawn and laid out a small potager, to blend various flowers and heritage vegetables primarily for use in the house, but for ornamental purposes too.
A small cottage garden, together with the herb garden, form the backdrop. Membership of several gardening associations served to inspire propagation of many fruits, vegetables and flowers from seed.
Both sides of this long ( 60m ) garden are flanked by herbaceous borders. The garden faces North / West so one side particularly enjoys the shade and the other the sun.
The borders serve to provide a high degree of privacy, achieving a very rural outlook considering we are only twenty-five minutes from Waterloo.
A smaller formal lawn near the house with Ficus Australis in the centre, adjoins the sunny conservatory.
I have become utterly hooked on gardening, and now enjoy propagating plants and taking cuttings in my greenhouse. I have made many new friends through gardening, and attending gardening shows.
Proximity to and membership of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew and RHS Wisley, the kitchen and formal gardens at Ham House, and the formal gardens at Osterley Park inspires a steady stream of ideas and experimentation.
The botanical names of shrubs, flowers and trees may not always spring to mind, but that’s part of the learning curve. We enjoy membership of the National Trust and together with visits to gardens in the ‘Yellow Book’ - the National Gardens Scheme we do get to see lots of gardens all over the country throughout the year.
Membership of several gardening associations, including the Garden Organic, along with the Delphinium Society, the Hardy Plant Society, the Cottage Garden Society and the National Vegetable Society, give a variety of insights.
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