Garden Portrait: The Garden House Part II

The second part of my visit to The Garden House is of the Walled Garden and the terraced areas leading up to the Café.

On both sides of a very neatly mown grass path, which seemed far too good to actually walk on, there are deep double herbaceous borders, filled in late May with swathes of Alliums, Peonies, Lupins, Aconites, Wisteria and lots of other perennials just beginning to emerge.

More wisteria, bronze fennel, grasses and architectural plants such as the Melianthus major, Hostas and Ligularia.

These lupins in particular caught my eye, I just love the deep magenta pink colour

Eventually we made our way up to the Lower terrace and lawns to the café.

Behind the borders are more winding pathways among colourful shrubs and trees.

On every level there was planting to admire.

We didn’t have time to explore the lake and arboretum, as we wanted to have one last birthday treat and enjoy a Cream Tea – the Cornish way!

Naturally it was far too tempting not to have a look at the plant sales although I did intend only to look up the names of a geranium I fancied. However, resistance is futile and I walked away with a couple of new Hydrangea plants for the dappled shade border.

And there is always time to stop and smell the roses

It is a garden I would love to go back to in a different season and being less than 2 hours from home it is entirely possible that we can do it on a day out.

Jo’s Monday Walk

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

33 thoughts on “Garden Portrait: The Garden House Part II”

  1. Is there anything more lovely than an English garden, Jude? Looking at these photos, I don’t think so. Thank you very kindly for the links to my world.

    1. I thought they might appeal to you as I’m sure it’s too hot for gardens like this where you are. The header is especially for you, a most unusual rhododendron, named waterfall.

  2. It looks as if you have your local Day Out sorted for evermore. A lovely garden where you’ll be able to go on making discoveries.

  3. I couldn’t walk through a garden like that and leave empty handed either. So much beauty, so much inspiration.

    1. I made a vow not to buy plants this year other than some bedding annuals I had pre-ordered for the summer pots, but I spotted the darker hydrangeas I have wanted at a very decent price so couldn’t say no. I deliberately didn’t look at the rest of the plants other than to see if I could find the geranium.

  4. That’s another wow and I thing that part was even better than the previous post.
    One question what is a Cream Tea the Cornish way?
    and why wasn’t there any photos as Jo always entices us with her cakes and slices on her walks.
    Wonderful photos as usual Jude. I am in garden envy

    1. Cornish way is scone, jam and cream on top. Devonshire is cream first. And I wouldn’t want to be accused of copying the Queen of Cakes 😚

  5. My (first) father in law had a walled garden. Old walls surrounded all four sides of their detached house in Broughty Ferry, near Dundee. I always though it was so much nicer than an ‘open’ garden, for some reason.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. This section was quite different to the rest of the garden, slightly more formal but still with lots of great planting.

    1. The other part was more naturalistic and probably more like my own garden. I think this one would look even better in a month’s time when all the perennials are in flower.

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