#SixOnSaturday: Waterperry Gardens

I’m currently having what amounts to an unplanned but, as it turns out, timely mini-break! I’m in the latter stages of recovery from last week’s ankle sprain but I opted not to go back to Leicester having found cover for all my various commitments this weekend. I therefore found myself with four days with no responsibilities but the ability to drive again! On Thursday I … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Waterperry Gardens

#SixOnSaturday: Smashing the patriarchy…one formal lawn at a time

Although I regularly report back on my week at Waddesdon Manor, I realised a few days ago that I haven’t yet featured my internship in a #SixOnSaturday post. So to mark the fact that this week felt a bit like the start of a new phase, here we go! This was the week in which I started to gain a little bit of independence and, … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Smashing the patriarchy…one formal lawn at a time

#SixOnSaturday: Softly, softly

Soft yellows and greens are the standout colours in my secret garden this weekend! A couple of years ago I bought a collection of four or five ferns. Most fell by the wayside a bit – largely due to my incompetence – but this athyrium niponicum ‘Ursula’s Red’ has quietly made itself at home. I initially planted it in one of my raised bed but … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Softly, softly

#SixOnSaturday: Emmetts Garden, Kent

I visited the National Trust’s Emmetts Garden, located near Sevenoaks and Westerham in Kent, for the first time yesterday. Full of rhododendrons, bluebells and impressive views over the Weald of Kent (even on a gloomy day), I spent three lovely hours mooching about with my parents to celebrate Dad’s birthday. Most of the site is woodland, now largely recovered after being decimated by the Great … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Emmetts Garden, Kent

#SixOnSaturday: Wakehurst

I confess that this week’s #SixOnSaturday is a bit of a cheat! Under normal circumstances (whatever they are!) I try to be a bit disciplined about posting photos taken on the Saturday in question, hence posting from my parents’ garden a couple of times recently. But I’m aware that for me, one of the most important things about sharing pictures of my own garden is … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Wakehurst

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