Wyken Hall Gardens

Wyken Vineyards is more than vineyards: there is a manor house dating from 1570 with later additions, and ‘..gardens which include a rose garden, topiary, herb garden, vegetable garden, maze, dell, wild garden, nuttery and an orchard, in addition to a commercial vineyard adjoining the site…’.

The house is a startling pinky-orange colour.

Wyken Hall

Wyken Hall

Wyken Hall

Wyken Hall

To one side is a maze, which is quite fun, and a quiet pond next to the dell.

The Maze at Wyken Hall The Pond at Wyken Hall

The Dell at Wyken Hall

Next to the house the planting is formal.

Wyken Hall Gardens

Wyken Hall Gardens

Wyken Hall Gardens

Wyken Hall Gardens

Wyken Hall Gardens

Wyken Hall Gardens

The ‘Hot Borders’ were very dramatic!

Wyken Hall Gardens

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And the vegetable garden was colourful…

A last look…Wyken Hall

Grasses in Beth Chatto’s Garden

There were some wonderful grasses in flower: Carex Elata ‘Aurea’, Molinia, Stipa Calamagrostis, Pennisetum ‘Villosum’ (I think), and many others.

Molina flowers & Shuttlecock Fern
Molina flowers & Shuttlecock Fern
Pennisetum 'Villosum'
Pennisetum ‘Villosum’, I think

 

 

 

Beth Chatto’s Garden

Beth Chatto’s Garden at Elmstead Market is a remarkable achievement! And her gardening philosophy is so simple – grow plants in an environment to which they are adapted. I came across her ideas at the Chelsea Flower Show when she first started exhibiting in 1975 and even have some of the original catalogues. Yesterday I visited her garden for the first time in many years and it is beautiful – do go! Sadly I shot some my worst photographs for a long time – I apologise.

Houghton Hall’s Walled Garden

The Walled Garden was redesigned in 1991 when ‘..the space was divided into several contrasting ‘ornamental gardens’. These include spectacular double-sided herbaceous borders, Italian garden, formal rose parterre (with over 150 varieties of rose), fruit and vegetable garden, glass house, rustic temple, statues, fountains and Jeppe Hein’s ‘Waterflame’..’. It was a very gloomy, windy, chilly day so the photographs are rather sombre.

Houghton Hall Walled Garden Plan
Houghton Hall Walled Garden Plan

The Italian Garden is on the left as one’s walks into the Walled Garden – a cool, green, elegant space – lovely.

The Italian Garden
The Italian Garden
The Italian Garden
The Italian Garden

The Formal Rose Garden is opposite the Italian Garden and very ‘English’, with beds, borders, statues, and fountains.

The formal rose garden, Houghton Hall
The formal rose garden, Houghton Hall
The formal rose garden, Houghton Hall
The formal rose garden, Houghton Hall
The formal rose garden, Houghton Hall
The hedging around the formal rose garden, Houghton Hall

There are two very large fruit and vegetable gardens in the Walled Garden, with lots of espaliered fruit trees, and even fruit trees grown over arches. It seemed to me that the emphasis was on creating beautiful gardens rather than heavily productive vegetable beds – but perhaps I am wrong..?

The Old Apple Orchard in the Walled Garden
The Old Apple Orchard in the Walled Garden
The Fruit Garden, Houghton Hall
The Fruit Garden, Houghton Hall
The fruit cage in the Walled Garden
The fruit cage in the Walled Garden

The dahlia border on one side of the fruit and vegetables was interesting because the flowers are grown in squares of supporting canes. There were some wonderful blooms, including Gerry Hoek, a dahlia which my mother loved to grow and which I remember from my childhood in Pretoria.

The Dahlia Border
The Dahlia Border
Dahlia 'Karma Choc'?
Dahlia ‘Karma Choc’?

The Mediterranean Garden has box hedging and a fountain and was peaceful.

The Mediterranean Garden in the Walled Garden
The Mediterranean Garden in the Walled Garden

Alongside the walls was this formal garden – there are 5 acres to fill!

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The herbaceous borders in the middle of the Walled Garden are English in style and quite startling after wandering through Piet Oudolf’s swathes of colour at Pensthorpe.

There was even a rustic temple!

The Rustic Temple in the Walled Garden
The Rustic Temple in the Walled Garden

And there were beautiful hydrangeas along the outside ‘walls’ of the Walled Garden.

Manicured hedging in the Walled Garden
Manicured hedging in the Walled Garden

 

Houghton Hall

Houghton Hall is situated in North Norfolk and one of the most extraordinary grand country estates I have ever seen – opulent, lavish, elegant, and with an amazing walled garden.

Houghton Hall
Houghton Hall, North Norfolk

Perennials in Piet Oudolf’s Millennium Garden, Pensthorpe

The perennials, as well as the grasses, are looking absolutely gorgeous in this wonderful garden.

Piet Oudolf’s Millennium Garden, Pensthorpe

I returned to Pensthorpe to linger in Piet Oudolf’s Millennium Garden which seemed even more beautiful than ten days ago. The grasses are wonderful and the perennials are in full bloom. Don’t miss visiting this garden!

Molinia Caerulea 'Transparent' at Pensthorpe
Molinia Caerulea ‘Transparent’ at Pensthorpe
Molinia
Molinia
Millennium Garden, Pensthorpe
Millennium Garden, Pensthorpe
Carex, Pensthorpe
Carex

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RHS Hyde Hall

On a hot day, less windy than it has been, I visited RHS Hyde Hall. 

Pensthorpe Nature Reserve

Pensthorpe Nature Reserve  is a wonderful site near the North Norfolk coast. I visited in order to see the Millennium Garden designed by Piet Oudolf, but there are other gardens, walks, birds, and activities for children. And the scones and homemade cakes are very good too! Do try to visit this wonderful, magical place.

The Garden Cafe, Pensthorpe
The Garden Cafe, Pensthorpe