The Giraffes arrive

In May I bumped into these two at the Chelsea flower show. For some time I had been looking for a sculpture that would fill the space at the end of the long terrace without costing a five figure sum. Being on the plebeian side of art appreciation, cones and helixes didn’t speak to me but these guys did. They arrived today and look perfectly at home looking dreamily over the park. I fear that, like the teas, they may become a bigger draw to the gardens than our carefully crafted planting schemes. Since I am mad about them already that suits meĀ fineĀ .


At 13′ tall this fellow could do with a name, any suggestions?



November in The Gardens


Autumn colour on the Lime trees in the village was especially good this year


Prunus subhirtella. Its fiery leaves fall and are replaced by delicate blossom whenever the weather is mild, from November to March.


Details from the cottage garden. Ornamental winter cabbage and a cherry grown on a very dwarf stock



The terraces ready for winter. On the slopes we are creating wildflower meadows. The colour in the wider park adds to the charm of this view in autumn

Berries and Leaf shapes get closer scrutiny at this time of year. The ghostly Gunnera has been hit by the first frosts and berries are bringing in migrating birds throughout the gardens.