Mossy roofed potting shed in the walled garden at the national Trust’s Calke Abbey. There’s a tiny bed in there for the garden boy whose job it was to keep the greenhouse boilers stoked. Alison and I have started a tradition to walk the gardens in the week before Christmas, and reflect on what life was like for the gardeners. Then there’s a food fair in the old riding school where we sample local honey, Leicestershire cheese, home made fudge and chocolates- and we stock up for the festive season. It’s rather a wonderful tradition to have started.
The walled kitchen garden is looking beautifully tidy. The beds are mulched and weeded. All set for the spring sowing season. Quite a cheerful sight to behold.
It’s nice to find something new in a favourite- much visited garden. This area was being excavated last time we stopped by. What treasures were under the mounds of earth, we wondered. It looks like a boiler for the hypocaust heated wall. Isn’t it amazing it’s still here. And the beautiful brick floor is still intact.
We mooched in the peach house. I think this blue paint is my all-time favourite colour. I’d love to paint my potting shed the same hue. It reminds me of the Mediterranean.
We peered through the misty peach house windows. In the summer these open right up. There are deckchairs to sit and gaze at the wild flowers and waist high grass.
View of the peach house /orangery from the church. We spotted these glorious giant white-painted cloches. And coveted them!
A few ancient espalier fruit trees remain in the walled garden. We love their mossy-covered boughs.
We hadn’t noticed this door in the walled garden before. In summer there’s so much to see. But in winter, we notice the bare bones of the garden and home in on wonderful details like this.
We’ve never seen the sheep grazing right to the house before. We like this seasonal change. The sheep set a scene that could easily grace any Christmas card. We just need some snow to complete the picture.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my tour of Calke Abbey and the kitchen gardens. Do you have a garden that you love to visit as often as you can? Do you find new treasures each time you visit? Thanks for stopping by, and please feel free to comment- so I know I’m not just talking to myself.
The pergola goes from the back patio to the corner of the house and then round to the front drive. On the corner turn, there’s a spiders web. It’s totally overgrown with ivy and Montana clematis at the moment. Another winter renovation project. I’m choosing lots of new climbing roses and clematis for the replanting.
Have a great week, all of you. x
Have a great week all of you. xxx
I’m making table decorations with these bellis daisies. They look just right for Christmas. And they last about two weeks in a vase, or jam jar in my case. Great for making ahead-so that I can concentrate on all the last minute cooking and present wrapping. They are another kind of messy flower that I love. The variety name is Pomponette, and Mum grew these for us to share. One packet of seeds makes about 100 plants. Great value for just a few pounds. Enjoy your weekend, all of you. x
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This reminds me of a Christmas star. I never fail to be delighted by the simple beauty of creamy white flowers. This one is called Leucanthemum Goldrush. Commonly known as a shasta daisy. I love all daisies, but this one is my latest favourite. It’s kind of messy- which I like. It flowers all summer, and if you pot up some plants and keep them in a warm greenhouse, you may have a few blooms in December, if you are lucky.
View from my garden gate. A flurry of leaves fall like snow, in golden bands across the lane. Such a picture of beauty. A temporary -catch-it-now moment in time. Before the season moves on.