National Trust house, garden and parkland, was the last stop on our
return from the five-day Devon and Cornwall visit and where we were
free to explore.
The first stop for me was the restored and very
productive Victorian walled garden. The south-facing slope is laid
out with paths to the central pond, numerous beds for cut flowers, to
be used in the house, and fruit and vegetables produced using organic
principles for the restaurant and the shop.
The various scarecrows
made each year added amusement, but a notice warned us that they were
not very effective, some birds using them as perches!
are plans for a tropical border for exotics. So much has been
achieved since my visit several years ago.
walked through the parkland towards the house built between 1869 and
1874 and to the formal garden and the conservatory. Here we were
greeted by a Garden Volunteer who lent us a laminated guide to the
The ‘fun’ topiary hounds chasing the topiary fox
on the top of the yew hedge are on the left of the path and on the
right is the paved colourful alpine garden with a pair of standard
Wisteria sinensis in flower either side of the large lead
cistern. A larger grassed area framed by hedges with a circular pool
backed by the weeping silver pear, was calm and such a contrast.
path led up steps to the Woodland garden, where I was delighted to
see the remembered short various coloured irises.We were able to find
most of the ‘specialities’ Peony ‘Black Pirate’,
Trilium sessile with red upright petals, T.grandiflorium with magnificent white flowers, and the Cornus
‘Porlock’ in Michael’s Wood.
was good to sit on a seat in the sun and listen to the bird song
before heading back to the coach and home after this interesting and
enjoyable garden tour.