We're in Norfolk for half term, exploring what is basically unknown territory for us. Except for today's garden visit to Bressingham near Diss, which we've visited twice before. Bressingham is home to a working Steam Railway, but more interestingly for me it's the home of the Bloom dynasty of gardeners and their nursery. Adrian Bloom was a key contributor to the rise in popularity of the conifer in suburban gardens of the 1970s. His first plantings in 1966 were on the site of an empty meadow and a new house in the grounds of Bressingham; with his wife Rosemary, he was able to gradually develop a six acre (2.4hectares) garden which he called Foggy Bottom. Over the years Adrian has incorporated many perennials and grasses, adding to the year round appeal of the garden. Here are some snaps of Foggy Bottom:
Saturday, 27 October 2012
The sun came out today, hurrah! And I'd had a tip off that the colours at Sheffield Park Gardens, one of the National Trust's great treasures, were spectacular this week. So visit I did, along with several hundred other people, and managed to get the following snaps. Enjoy!
|We all love a fairy ring.|
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Oh how I love a project! And now it's the front garden's turn to get the makeover. We've been here for four years now, and the front garden has just 'been there' really. It's the traditional lawn with shrubs around the edge. Two large forsythias, lovingly clipped into spheres by the previous owner, a couple of box, a couple of evergreen viburnums and an Olearia.
|The viburnums on the right are an essential windbreak, so they will stay.|
|The Olearia to the right was getting too large - it's now gone!|
|Here you can see the gap in the windbreak to the left of the viburnums|
|My Fascicularia bicolor, tightly packed in a pot, will feature in the new front garden.|
The idea is to plant several beds of plants into the gravel. Most of the planting will take place in the spring, but I have made a start with some autumn planting, to give some plants a chance to settle in and toughen up during the winter.
|These plants don't look like much at the moment but they are part of the big plan!|
|Nepeta and Centaurea from my mum's garden.|
|Griselinia will form part of the new windbreak.|
|I took this photo to prove the sun made it through the mist today, at last!|
And finally, here's my plan for the planting!
|It looks a mess, but at least I understand it!|