These are photos taken by my son with his super-duper camera. Unfortunately it was a dull, cloudy day and getting quite late, but it is a good way to get a feel for how the garden is laid out.
So this tour starts on the terrace outside the back door. The clipped silver foliage on the left is Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’ which is easy to clip into a neat mop shape which I have done. If it wasn’t so close to the house I might let it weep.
You can see the grassy path on the far right which leads into the orchard.
In the photo above we have walked down now and we are looking back towards the house. If you go round the corner on the right you will find the terrace and summer house. On the left is an old pond. We will just walk down the orchard and look back. I am not going to say too much about it right now as I intend to write about it in another post.
I like the idea of having broad paths curving through the daffodils and later wild flowers here. But the Pianist who mows seems to prefer isosceles triangles. Next year I will lay out hose pipes to suggest winding paths and perhaps we can get away from the geometric look. On the far right is my new look potager, a project that has been taking up all our time and energy for the last three weeks. I will write about in another time. Now we will make our way back to the pond on the left.
It’s looking a bit scummy at the moment because of pollen from the weeping willow. This is the view towards the summer house. Let’s walk round and look back towards the orchard.
This is one of many old apple trees I have which I love. I don’t know whether the moss does them any harm but I think it looks lovely. You can see some ground elder round the base of the tree. It’s the bane of my life. You can get back towards the house by walking past the old greenhouse under this tree. When we get a good apple crop the glass gets broken. Whoever put the greenhouse just there didn’t think it through.
If we walk on past the sheds which are old stables and not fit to be seen we find a lovely old wall.
It’s a good place for the Vicar to sit and wait until I walk away so that he can get back to the fun job of biting the heads off the Fritillaries.
On the other side of the wall are two more venerable old apple trees and lots of Hellebores in Spring.
If we carry on down a bit we come to the gate which I designed for my previous garden. I’m afraid we had to have to have the opening in the wall made a bit bigger to accommodate it. The blossom is on the greengage tree.
Just a little further on and we find the lovely Tropaeolum tricolor which survives the winter with the protection of the wall.
If we walked on down here we’d come to the other greenhouse but that is enough for today. We haven’t looked at the spring treasures on the other side of the wall but that will have to be another day.