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Stoneywell, Leicestershire

Today I visited Stoneywell for the first time. It’s one of the National Trust‘s newest acquisitions and although I’ve been aware of it since it first opened in 2015 I hadn’t got round to a visit. Its significance comes from its association with the Arts and Crafts movement; it was built by Ernest Gimson – a contemporary of William Morris et al – who designed … Continue reading Stoneywell, Leicestershire

#SixOnSaturday: Worth the wait?!

It seems like ages since I’ve done a #SixOnSaturday! Work’s been busy and stressful and then I had ten days annual leave, mostly spent house- and granny-sitting for my parents. In that time my garden’s basically had to fend for itself a bit so its it’s looking a little the worse for wear at the moment. No matter: onwards and upwards! My six… 1. Verbena … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Worth the wait?!

Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland

Want to explore almost forty back gardens in a single day out? Then get yourself to Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland! Barnsdale was the home of Gardeners’ World for most of the 1980s and early 90s, during Geoff Hamilton’s tenure at the helm (very much before my GW-watching time!) and evolved to become home to 38 individual gardens, all aiming to demonstrate or showcase a different … Continue reading Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland

#SixOnSaturday: A garden snapshot

I’ll be honest, I’m feeling slightly underwhelmed by this week’s #SixOnSaturday selection! That’s partly because the garden just looks a bit of a mess, and in a teeny tiny garden untidiness can make it a bit tricky to spot the stuff that’s looking really good. But it’s also because I have a growing list of planting jobs that need to be done which will then … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: A garden snapshot