Classic and Contemporary Garden Designs

14Jul, 2018

Houghton Hall – Historic House and Gardens

A few weeks ago, three garden-loving friends and I visited Houghton Hall, a Historic house and gardens situated close to King’s Lynn and not far from Sandringham House. Houghton Hall was built in 1722 for Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole (who apparently only visited twice a year!), it is set in 100 acres of parkland and has an interesting and eclectic mix of things to see, including contemporary sculptures by world renowned artists, St Martin’s Church (built in the 12th Century), the world’s largest...

28Jan, 2018

New Year, New Border!

Welcome back to Gardener’s Corner, with my first article of the new year. I’ve already been very busy in my own garden, cutting out an old, unattractive sea buckthorn hedge. I will then have a sizeable west facing border with which to fill with wonderfully interesting, beautiful and fragrant shrubs. As it is west facing and catches the late afternoon and evening sunshine I plan to have a copse of Cornus sanguinea. ‘Midwinter Fire’ probably accompanied by bronze and purple statuesque grasses (Miscanthus and Carex). Mahonia...

23Dec, 2017

West Somerton – December

As we head into the festive season (but not before 1st week of December, in our house at least) keen gardeners will still be finding plenty to do outside. The first rose pruning can be started now – remove dead, diseased and damaged branches (including branches that are rubbing together), tie in new growth (on climbing roses) and take back long side shoots by two thirds their length. The main aim at this time of year is to tidy up the plant and prevent wind damage...

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