9 or 10 good gardener’s eye reasons to visit Audley End

My last garden visit was to Houghton Hall, Norfolk.   It turned into a wordy splurge.   Now we are in August and life is too hot and short.  Instead I give  you 9 or 10 good gardener’s eye reasons to visit Audley End near Saffron Walden.  The house will still be there another time…

Designing with hedges

The landscapers are planting whips like anything right now.  Whips are twigs to you and me.  The cheapest are 20 to 30 centimetres  in height which seems like a slow  start  in the  first days of the life of a hedge.

GREAT DIXTER – from the Archives

The trouble with this garden is that you might never make it further than the car park.  Swinging in from the flatlands of East Anglia, the view is  pull-you-up breathlesss.   Northiam’s backbone curls round a ridge and collapses into a punchbowl of sheep and tree clumps.

Travelling about Suffolk on a sunny, sunny Friday

Yesterday was balmy – sunlight and blossom and the unfurling of new leaves.   I met my friend Georgina for a walk down in the Stour valley by the clear waters of the River Box.  We parked  up beside a dour bearded man launching a coracle with magpie lurcher on a lead.  Climbing the hill…