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Poppy Cottage was bought in 1998 as a semi- derelict building and a strip of land 12' by 250'. There was nothing but grass, a half fallen down apple tree and several dilapidated sheds. The owners began to cultivate the land and in 2004 they were able to buy a strip of the adjoining field and so were able to widen the garden.

They planted a wildlife hedge to act as a boundary and windbreak, then created a series of garden rooms to give interest and colour all year round. Each garden has its own colour theme. Ornamental seats are provided for restful repose and are a feature in their own right. There are also pleasant surprises in the form of lovely sculptures and statues peeping out of the foliage. An overturned urn spills water into a small pond.

The plants dominating during our visit were early roses, honeysuckle, clematis, alliums, poppies and Scilla peruviana. At the end of the garden was a small orchard where ornamental chicken and ducks gave us much amusement. There was also a plant sales area!

This was a beautiful cottage garden, which was a credit to its creators, and much enjoyed by us all. The bubbly enthusiastic owner plied us with coffee and cake, as seems compulsory on these visits, and we all visited the loo to read on the back of the door, a humorous, cynical glossary of garden terms!

Sandy Elliott

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