A collection of visuals that inspire and delight, from the beautiful to the absurd.

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Hanham Court

Domes

Hanham Court is based in Bristol. Situated on the Via Julia above the River Avon at an ancient ferry crossing.
The Via Julia was a crucial trading road that went from Bath through to the historic port at Avonmouth.
There is architectural evidence at the site in form of the Tithe barn, that dates from C.1042. 



Peony
Wooden Obelisk Frame
Waterfeature
Gunnera Pond
Gaze Burville
Califonian Poppy

I visited the glorious gardens at Hanham Court during the National Garden Scheme open day in late May.
The gardens were completely redesigned by Julian and Isabel Bannerman, who lived in the property for twenty years. 

They have made something truly exquisite. A series of romantic spaces transition very smoothly from one to another, with wild planting enveloping a secret swimming pool and a completely hidden parterre amongst many other visual delights. 



Swimming Pool
Rose And Wood
Stumpery
Parterre
Gunnera
Euphorbia
Topiary Columns
Hanham Court

View from the orchard looking towards Hanham Court and the gardens

Posted by Flavia in September 2017 · permanent link

Hidcote Manor Garden

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Hidcote Manor is a stunning 17th Century house with a magical garden, a real Cotswolds gem. A series of ‘garden rooms’ created by Lawrence Johnston, flow from one to another, each giving a very different feeling. Colourful borders, beautiful water features from reflection pools to a babbling brook and stunning views over the surrounding countryside.

Border
tile-steps-detail
hydrangea-pink
digitalis
Hydrangea
Topiary-birds

An interesting more recent section of garden has been created with large topiary yew columns and deep plant borders, flanked by a wonderful secret orchard, provide much beauty and intrigue.

topiary-walk
apple-orchard

Posted by Flavia in August 2017 · permanent link

Composting

Biodynamic compost course at Old-Lands with the Land Gardeners

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Old-Lands is an old family estate in Monmouthshire who run interesting courses based on traditionally green principles. They have the most amazing walled garden. The compost course, run by the Land Gardeners taught us about the principles of Biodynamics and the Berkley compost method. It was a really interesting day with a morning talk and some hands on action in the afternoon.

chickens
Land-Gardeners
Clematis-two
achillea
Compost-heap

Composting is a real art form. If time is available, this method is well worth investing in. You will need to turn your compost every couple of days for the first two weeks and then occasionally for the next few weeks.
You can create humic rich compost in 6-8 weeks, which is extremely quick.

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Watering-compost
hollyhocks

Posted by Flavia in August 2017 · permanent link

My Garden

A selection of images from my own garden

buttercups
alstroemeria-and-ranunculus
comma-butterfly 1
pink-aquilegia
courtyard-and-geraniums 1
azalea-and-fern
moth-ant-dandelion

David and Goliath

climbing-rose 'generous gardener'

Stunning soft blush pink 'The Generous Gardener' climbing rose by David Austin

Geranium and Bluebell

A pocket of wild flowers

Digitalis 'Suttons Apricot' and Aquilegia

A shady corner of the garden with Digitalis 'Suttons Apricot'

Posted by Flavia in April 2017 · permanent link

Leigh Woods

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Beautiful misty, foggy morning in the woods

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Den building in the winter in Leigh Woods, Bristol

Posted by Flavia in April 2017 · permanent link

Weston-super-Mare

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The huge beach at Weston-super-Mare looking towards the snow capped hills of Exmoor

Posted by Flavia in April 2017 · permanent link

Fungi Scotland

fungi-and-ferns

Posted by Flavia in April 2017 · permanent link