On Thursday my mother took the girls and me out for the day.
Considering we booked this with each other over two months ago we couldn't have asked for better weather. We had a picnic by the river in a village called Pembridge then drove on another 4 miles to a NGS garden at Newport House. The garden was spectacular, it only opens a couple of times a year and if you live in Herefordshire I strongly suggest you check it out (I think it's open this weekend still but you'd need to check). It's privately owned and must have a huge staff to maintain it all.
|Two acre lawn to manage anyone?|
|Quite a view to the house|
|From the house looking down to the lake|
|In the 2 1/2 acre walled garden. Just huge and all down to veg, fruit and cut flower production for the family and staff.|
|Trained fruit against the walls - every part of the wall had trained fruit of some form|
|There is a glass roof over the peaches to stop them getting leaf curl. The metal brackets holding them up were really beautiful.|
|Gardeners cottage forming part of the wall.|
|One of the four glass houses with cold frames in front|
|Brassicas getting a bit of protection from pests|
|Another glass house. The top of the roof on this lifts up and down to aid ventilation. Filled with peppers and egg plants|
|Close up fo the lifting roof and metal work|
|Weed protection with biodegradable plastic|
|"Cheese" Having some cake and apple juice to finish|
A really enjoyable day out! I'd love a walled garden but I'm more than happy with my place!