Galloping plant knowledge at Bressingham Gardens

It was mildly provoking to be sent this image of a tree by a holidaying husband.  The tree itself was not annoying, the request to ID it was.  What I didn’t realise at the time was that in a countdown of hours I would be gathering wisps of knowledge from the acknowledged world expert on…

A visit to Bury Court to see planting by Oudolf and Bradley Hole

I can never make my mind up whether it is best to thoroughly research a garden before visiting first-time round, clued up and laden with information.  A good tactic but equally so is a full dive in without the background history.  This  can give a more sincere response to site, planting and atmosphere. Over the…

And so to Columbine Hall.

Tucked away  in Suffolk behind rape fields and not far from ribbon development bungalows.  The house  takes its name not from the flower but by way of ancient association with the Norman family of de Columbers who owned the feudal manor in the 13C.  Moated houses are common in this part of England but this…

Pattern of the DAY

A swatch of magnificent Tudor brickwork at Okenhill Hall – this is where I went today instead of tending and tilling the vegetable ┬áplot. The house is fabulous – apparantly in the Domesday book, the garden and woods tasteful and superb and the sandwiches and┬ácakes, the stuff of dreams. Please do follow us!