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Cotswold Gardens – Hidcote and Kiftsgate

Hidcote and Kiftsgate gardens have always been my big favourites.  I must have visited these wonderful garden at least ten times, but haven’t been for nearly TWENTY years.  In the interim they have been busy adding new gardens and vistas.  You can visit both in an afternoon with Kiftsgate opening at 11am and Hidcote not closing until 6pm.  They are virtually next door to each other.

I’ll never forget seeing the Hidcote red border (pictured above) for the first time in my mid-twenties.  The impact it made on me lives with me today.  Enclosed behind high hedges there is nothing to draw the eye away from the intensity of the colour schemes created.

Red is always the last colour to appear in quantity in the garden so it was no surprise that the red border was full of promise, but not full of colour.  All the rich golds and purples were still to show.  Lucky for us we could colour in most of the patches as we are familiar with the foliage on show!  Note the use of NZ red cabbage trees in the foreground.

What never fails to surprise me is the height they get in their borders.  And yet again I go home vowing to manure the garden to death with Tui sheep pellets and rich compost this winter.

I’ve told Phil he needs to retire real quick while he’s still strong enough to wheel a heavily laden wheelbarrow down to the bottom garden and back.  AND we need to get then digger in to deepen the pond!

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May 222015 Tagged with 0 Responses

Lake Como

Walking above Lake Como today on the hunt for something new.  It’s becoming hard to find something new now-we’ve almost exhausted the supply of alpine plants that I can find in flower.  We’ve been so lucky.  Today brought forth just one flower on a tiny Dianthus I had been waiting for…. Read More…

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May 202015 Tagged with 0 Responses

Villa Melzi, Lake Como

We took the passenger ferry over from Varenna (10 mins) to see Villa Melzi despite the threatening rain and were so pleased we did.  The garden is stunning, even on a rainy day.  Wonderful huge, magnificent trees set in broad sweeping lawns with banks of Rhododendron and Azaleas.  Very lush woodland plantings and incredible views over to the other side of the Lake.  There’s quite a wide range of plants here with a lovely gully full of tree ferns, huge plantings of Hosta etc.

Villa Melzi is just a few hundred yards by foot out of the village of Bellagio, so very easy access from the ferry.

The Villa itself is not open.

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May 092014 0 Responses

Granada – The Alhambra & Generalife Gardens

Today was one of the highlights of our Spanish trip no doubt.   The famous Alhambra and Generalife gardens (the garden of the Architect).

Coming this far and to something so incredibly important we find it extremely worthwhile to pay a little more, take more time and enjoy the experience with the insight you can only really gain with a local guide.  There’s no way in the world I’m going to remember half of what we were told, but will manage to retain some I’m sure. We bought the book – as you do – it’s only the second one in three weeks so we are being restrained!

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