Remembering my grandparents. Amazing gardeners. My inspiration. They taught me to love nature. Sending my love to them, and to all of you today. I’ve grown paperwhite narcissi, red anemones, and chrysanths to go with the foliage from my garden and rosehips. My relatives are never far from my thoughts.
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.
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.
View of the peach house /orangery from the church. We spotted these glorious giant white-painted cloches. And coveted them!
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.