August Garden Visits

We arrived at David’s garden and the sun was shining, raincoats were put away and we all followed David for a lovely cup of tea/coffee and a huge piece of Victoria Sponge!! Once we had rested we explored the one and a half acre garden which David had divided into many different areas, each with individual styles. There was a secluded fairy garden where the mosaics on the floor included tiles with chess pieces, knives and many different materials stuck into the flooring. A romantic folly garden with a lovely wood burner and very cosy sitting area; a beach garden with a pool and beach hut; three lovely herbaceous borders starting with lilacs and whites, then pinks and finally reds and oranges, a kaleidoscope of colours which took your breath away.

Excerpt from Newsletter article by David West

 

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Photo by Paul Norris

After a somewhat interesting journey across country from David’s Garden we finally found Pear Tree Cottage.  According to the Yellow Book the garden exudes a “quirky and humorous character” – and that is certainly the case!  But what it also has are beautiful views over the adjacent apple orchards.  In the garden is an apple tree with bright red apples.  Apparently this is “Katie” which is a pollinator for many other sorts of apple.

There was much to admire in this garden – roses on very beautiful metal supports, a very handsome wire owl, borders full of beautiful shrubs and trees with herbaceous plants providing the infill.

Excerpt from newsletter article by Sue Potter

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Photo by Paul Norris

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