Garden obsessing

Tomorrow I am having a few days away with Karen and Linda going garden visiting.  We did this last year in Devon.  We went to The Garden House, Rosemoor, Glebe Cottage and Wildside.  We talked gardens, walked gardens and were cheerfully obsessive.  There was no need to worry about boring a non-gardening friend by taking too long or taking too many pictures.  It was bliss.

This year we are going to see Beth Chatto's garden and the RHS garden at Hyde Hall.  I can't wait!  I have been reading Beth Chatto's books all my gardening  life and she has shaped the way I approach the challenges of my soil and my site in a way which no one else has.  My obsession with growing what wants to be here is fed by frequent references to her "Gravel Garden" and "Woodland Garden" books.  I am fascinated to see what grows without watering in her dry Essex garden.  We must have more rain here in Wales but plants that do best for me put down long roots (docks for example!) in my thin stony soil and I am expecting some inspiration.

I have a bag to pack, a camera and phone to charge and some maps to find and then I am off.

See you on Friday.




Comments

  1. Have a wonderful time :D

    I adore gardens too, just not the actual gardening!

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  2. It sounds like a very big treat - have a grand time!

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  3. Oh, enjoy, enjoy! It is so much fun to go garden touring with fellow gardeners. It's always so inspiring! Take lots of photos!

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  4. Elizabeth, I am a Beth Chatto admirer too. Hurry back and write about your garden travels, won't you please?

    Stephanie

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  5. Ah, bliss..have a wonderful time!

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  6. Have a lovely time (but the weather forecast sounds as though wellies could be essential - I do hope not)!

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  7. Have a lovely time - sounds like you're taking the Welsh weather with you though :(

    I'm especially envious of your trip to Beth Chatto's garden.

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  8. I must admit, throughout the (so far) rainy time in England, I find myself saying "Oh my garden would be fabulous if I had this much rain."

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  9. Two gardens I have yet to visit so I'll look forward to your posts on your return.

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  10. Mark's Hall at Coggehall is lovely http://www.markshall.org.uk/ Also Audley End house - the walled veg garden was redone recently and is fabulous http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/audley-end-house-and-gardens/

    Have a lovely time in my neck of the woods :-)

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  11. We've just returned from a week in Devon. We went there just so we could visit Rosemoor. We managed to visit a few other gardens too. Have a lovely time garden visiting :)

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  12. Oh Elizabeth, I am so glad that you are taking that marvelous camera along with you.

    Have a splendid time in great company in beautiful settings.

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  13. Sounds like a perfect expedition -- I'm envious! I haven't been on a garden tour for far too long; perhaps you'll take us on a vicarious tour through photos in an upcoming post? Have a fabulous time!

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  14. I envy your visit to Glebe Cottage last year, I'd love to see Carol Klein's garden. Hope you have a lovely time in Essex.

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  15. Wow! Thanks a lot for this wonderful page.

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  16. Hope you have a lovely time, we are going to see some open gardens in various villages around the Lakes, maybe pop up here some time xx

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