Monday 27 May 2013


To view this post you may want to go and make a cup of tea or coffee and allow several minutes, due to interest shown in my garden I am going to give you a tour. I came across these photo's that Paul, the DH, took last year in june and july, I have resized them and there are loads.....I will try not to use to many but it is a long garden 150 ft by 30ft narrowing down to 21 ft. it was mainly empty and full of old falling down shed and lawn when we moved in 8 years ago and we are forever changing it trying to get the look we are after.

It is broken down into several 'rooms' and you can that two different routes when you get half way down.

I'll wait while you get that cuppa........

Ready? then I'll begin......

This is a view from the patio into the first garden.The gazebo at the side was here when we arrived but we put on the roof to give us some shade due to the garden being south facing and constantly in the sun.

To get into first garden we go through the rose arch which is covered with several different David Austin roses, honeysuckle and clematis.

The view looking out from the side of the gazebo towards the gated arch into the flower garden.

This is the first garden which the birds are fed and watered in and the dogs can have free reign.So is mainly shrubs with the odd perennial .

The other side with Statue and shrubs and trees.

A view through the gate into the flower garden.So called because this is where we are trying to fill the borders with perennial's.

The flower garden has two covered seats opposite each other and the grass is curved to form a circle with planting in each corner.The sun dial is in the centre on a small paved circular base.

another corner, with the DH's workshop behind the trellis.

The third corner which you can see the start of the delphinium's .

and the final corner showing a lot more colour with the honeysuckle spilling over the trellis walls and red campion, pink geraniums and white and pink roses.

Now we come to the Cloisters, so named because of the cobbled and rectory paving. You will be familiar with this area due to me using it for lots of my Sasha post photo shoots. We used this to change the level by stepping up onto here and then down into the next part.

 A view from the Cloisters into what we call the italian rose garden.

A view of the seat in the Italian Rose garden which has a gravel path running right round the edge, with a box area that contains David Austin roses three of the same colour in each compartment and a standard rose tree in the centre.

another view showing the opposite end with the grape vine covering the trellis with the terracotta pots of citrus bushes of Lime and Tangerine . A pink american pillar rose covers the trellis at the far end, by the head of David.

This photo shows the workshop from which you step down into this area.

From the Italian Rose garden you go through the Lych gate into the raised garden, this photo shows the Lych gate from the seat area.

This is a view through the Lych Gate taken last year in July.You can see the start of the path that winds round this area and the roof of the greenhouse over in one of the back corners.

To one side is a covered area that the DH dug out to form a damp space, the trellis and netting forming a roof to give some shade.

The statue is of the water Nymph.

This is along the path looking back at the Lych Gate from what we call the raised garden. the water Nymph is over to the right of this photo.

This path leads to a central point, not shown which branches two other ways one towards the far right hand corner at the back of the garden and the other to another archway that links with an original path that runs to the back gate and to the greenhouse.

 This is start of path that winds to right hand back coner.

Some of the flowers in the raised border.If you look closely you can just make out the table and chairs in the far right hand corner.

This is where that right hand path ends at a nice shady seating area with shade loving plants around the slightly raised paved circle. This area is shaded by trees outside the back garden fence a lovely spot to keep cool on a very hot day.

This is looking back from the shady seating corner along the path back towards the Lych Gate, this is also where I took yesterdays photo's of Anastasia. This photo was taken last July, so much more growth and colour.

 Going back up towards Lych gate this is water Nymph from another angle.

Turning left from Lych gate past the water Nymph you come to the arch to the original path, this is the rose Gertude Jekyll which is not only beautiful but smells beautiful too!

On the other side is the rose Mortimer Sackler.

Looking back towards the Lych Gate from the path to greenhouse across the raised bed.

Slightly closer view.

 View of path to greenhouse and back gate.

And the final bed which was just designed last year with ferns , you saw the more recent photo of this when Edward and Mossy met the Seer.

Well I hope you have enjoyed the tour, there a couple of missing area's due to  these being photo's taken for our records and not for a tour, I'll take a couple of the missing places another time and list them later in the year....what no more please!...oh ok..well you did ask to see the garden......


  1. Wow! Your garden is fabulous! It must take you a lot of time though - I'm sticking to my lawn and a couple of beds that normally (when I don't go away for 3 months on the trot)are reasonable easy to keep weed-free!

    1. My DH loves gardening and once it gets to spring, then he is out there pottering and digging, I do some but he does more than the Lions share.

  2. WOW! What a fanastic and wonderful tour of your garden.
    Revelled in every area, room, tree, shrub and flower description.
    THIS is just how I understand our gardens should be with areas for every different aspect of our living lives catered for.

    Feeling as though I have been well and truly 'out and about' today... though luckily from sitting down inside, as I doubt if my Arthritis would have allowed me to walk painfree much further than the first 'dog and bird' room.

    I love all the planting and how wonderful to be able to provide and give the plants their own individual, specific growing conditions,eg. shade, full sun, trellis scrambling, wind protection etc.

    Now to mention all those viewing/seating/eating spots. What a fantastic choice. Particularly love that little table and chairs secretly tucked away right at the very bottom for morning coffee, afternoon cup of tea or evening glass of wine.

    Some super useful storage places too, sheds, green house, pavilion and Paul's workshop. It's like a complete little city enclosed within your home boundaries. (Kept even expecting a little village shop to show up for those odd needed necessities.)

    I can imagine the fragrance when walking under the arches, Lynch gates and trellised overhead areas.

    What a fantastic home environment for your very lucky dogs, cats and Sasha Dolls to be bought up in.

    Many, many thanks for this truly mesmerising tour.
    It's made my day!

    1. Thank you Kendal, the garden is always evolving and Paul does being out there pottering and sowing seeds , he does not enjoy the weeding but then who does! But I help and of course boss him about! But the garden is designed by us both with both of us working in the beginning to lay out the hard landscaping, I was the one who laid out all the cobbles for the three end paths with Paul following on cementing them in! But It was worth the effort now it's done.
      It is a lovely garden and a lovely place to sit after a hard day at work.

  3. What a labor of love. You have created so much beauty in such a short period of time. I can picture you out in it working on Hattie's hats. Oh wait, or is that me out there knitting and dreaming? Thank you for sharing with us.
    I am going back to picture your garden through Sasha size eyes now. A bit like Alice in Wonderland combined with Sarah from A Secret Garden. The Cloister walk must seem so long to them.

    1. Thank you Julie, we do love gardening, Paul doing most of it now it's design is in place.
      There are many places to sit and knit and for the Sasha's to roam!

  4. A glorious garden Thanks so much for the tour. I could almost smell the roses

  5. Dee...what a wonderful garden you have,I have just taken my Husband on a trip through your photo's and I commented to him that I could do mine in ONE photograph lol,it is very busy though even for it's small size as I have my two Rabbits out to 'graze',Daisy and Gilbert and often my two Cats Xabi,after Xabi Alonso the footballer (when he played for Liverpool) and Monty stretched out at the same time ! needless to say it is very full by then as the Rabbits run is very large having been built by my hubby to put them I love your garden,do you get lots of butterflies visiting? which ones do you get Dee?Thank you so much for sharing but I really don't envy the work to keep it looking good !!!

    1. The garden we had before was tiny,which is why we fell in love with this house and it's large unkempt garden. We knew we could finally let out imaginations run wild!
      We have two cats who like to sun themselves and climb the trellis to chase the birds!
      And two dogs, with another daily lodger who like to scratch up the grass, which is why they can only get into the first garden which out someone keeping an eye on them!
      But there is nothing quite like returning home and sitting out somewhere in the garden with a cup of tea to let the stress slip away
      thank you for visiting :)

  6. Dee!!! What a beautiful garden you have!! I'm only seeing it at the moment on the small screen if my iphone but tomorrow when I switch on my laptop I'll be back again to see it in full and gorgeous technicolour!!! It just looks do wonderfully done and all those lovely seperate parts!!! Just WOW!!!!
    Thanks do much for sharing!!!

    1. Thank you Sharon, that is the plus side of livingin uk, it rains enough to help the plants! lol

  7. WOW, WOW AND WOW!!! Dee, what a garden! Is there a palace attached to it, or a stately home??? It is beautiful! Someone must be working hard to keep it all going. Very nice of you to let us view it on the blog!!! It would make a wonderful setting for an outdoor Sasha Festival!!! I love it! xxx karin

    1. Thanks Karin, no stately home just an a 1926 semi with a cottage style look.
      Unfortunately not enough outdoor shelter for a Sasha Festival, which is why we will all be down the Village Hall :)
      Dee x

  8. Really lovely Denise. Thank you so much for sharing!