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.
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.
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!
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!