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Visit to Ashwood Nurseries and John Massey's Private Garden

daylily

By daylily

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I have been to Ashwood’s Private Garden a few times over the years, but I am always tempted to go and have another look, so Saturday decided to go to the June Open Day (as there are about 4-5 a year).

On GOY the day before I was commenting to a few other members and Stickitoffee said that she was going too, so we said we would look out for one another! I said I would have my 9 year old daughter with me and she said she would have her husband’s large camera and her ‘poppy avatar’ badge on her.

Got there about 12.30, thought it was going to be a very sunny day (being deceived by the last couple of days) but it did cloud over and we also had a few spots of rain, but mostly it held off.

This was the first picture I took as you walk down the drive into the garden, the path on the right is the entrance to the front garden. Unfortunately i didnt take one of the garden as you walk round the corner, which would have been nice. (Maybe Stickitoffee did).

The picture of the birch tree is as you walk down into the garden and was what inspired me to plant a birch in my garden the last time i visited, it is Betula Ermanii.

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The picture above and below was the woodland area covered by trees, i dont know what that little flower is that keeps popping up in the pictures!! The picture with the white bench there is a barge going past on the canal.

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And a few more pictures. The next picture is of the Dell which is like a sunken garden.

Not long after we got there I saw this lady with a very large camera and noticed on her handbag she had a picture of a poppy, so I walked up to her and both at the same time we said ‘you must be…..’ It was lovely meeting Stickitoffee, if not a bit strange to meet someone you have never seen before, and had a little chat, and then bumped into each other a few more times. Overall, it was very nice to wander around the beautiful garden of John Massey at Ashwood Nurseries.

And when i got home feeling a little envious seeing my little plot, I came back to a lovely dug over border at the bottom of the garden done by husband’s fair hands which was all overgrown with weeds, so a very big smile on my face!

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What a beautiful place to wander around Daylily, lovely photos, and your granddaughter is delightful, and now you have a lovely blank garden to fill up with plants, how nice.

5 Jun, 2011

 

Hi Cinderella, thankyou, its my daughter in the photos, ooh you making feel old, lol, yes im looking forward to planting but have quite a few gaps around the garden too after reshaping it last year, a bit daunting but will thoroughly enjoy it. Ashwood garden is beautiful, i tried my best with the piccys.

5 Jun, 2011

 

Oh I do apologise Daylily, should have realised that ! If I had concentrated more on the writet up I would have known. Please forgive me.

5 Jun, 2011

 

No problem cinderella, thankyou very much for your comments.!

5 Jun, 2011

 

Beautiful gardens Daylily so immaculate,you've done a great job with the pictures wonderful, hubbies done a good job too room for lots more plants, or maybe a few daylilies:-)))

5 Jun, 2011

 

Thanks Simbad, yes Ashwoods is a lovely garden isnt it, oooh not sure what im going to plant yet in my new border, its a complete new border as the grass was right up to fence before we shaped it, also needs improving as it was topsoil bought in (thats another story maybe for a 'before and after' blog) am excited though and would love to completely cover the boundary and enclose the garden in time!! (im in the right place for inspiration and enthusiasm).

5 Jun, 2011

 

what a beautiful place, your photos/blog are great, so is your little one, she looks very sweet, like the way tou dug the border in your garden

5 Jun, 2011

 

Your photos do show what a great garden it is, just wish I could have got there.

5 Jun, 2011

 

That's a lovely blog Daylily! Your granddaughter looks bubbly and joyous, I bet you love her very much! The garden is wonderful isn't it....beautifully planted and immaculately kept with a rich variety of 'scenes' and 'themes'. I particularly loved the photos of the woodland garden (no surprises there!). Thanks very much, I loved your blog!

5 Jun, 2011

 

Hi Karensusan, thanks for comments, but its my daughter not my granddaughter, you are the second to say that, lol, not just yet thanks, my eldest 17 and Hannah in the photo is 9. Yes, Ashwoods is a stunning garden!!

5 Jun, 2011

 

Hi stroller, the next open day is July 23rd and September 24th, check out the website ashwoodnurseries.com, its definitely worth a visit, have you been before?

5 Jun, 2011

 

Smashing blog Daylily, and some great pics. I havent been there, but will certainly make the effort now! I particularly like the out of season little "snowdrop" that keeps popping up in your pictures..Ive never had that variety lol, just the male specimen!
Glad you met up with Sticki, nice lady!
Isnt it lovely when your OH makes such a wonderful effort for you both in the garden..my OH LOVES digging (???!!) and thoroughly approves of the good job done. A man after his own heart.

6 Jun, 2011

 

lol...I am so sorry! I get so used to grandchildren in photos on here! You are just a child yourself then!! :))

6 Jun, 2011

 

Hi Tet, thank you for your lovely comments, was lovely meeting Sticki. Ive got hubby quite into gardening aswell now, keeping it nice and neat and tidy anyway(as best we can, lol), hes getting into a few plants too, likes bamboo and grasses, i will tell him that your hubby approves!! Check out Ashwoods website for the open dates. ps Shes a beauty that little 'snowdrop' in more ways than one!!

Hi Karensue, i forgive you, i dont know about being a kid myself though, will be 44 this year in September, thanks for your lovely comments too!! :^)

6 Jun, 2011

 

Funny that, cos my OH likes Bamboo very much too. Must be a man thing! I'm 48 myself Daylily, but my two are all grown up now, 21 and 19!

6 Jun, 2011

 

Your photos are beautiful...I too love the woodland photos and all the grasses are looking wonderful and healthy.

It was nice you could meet Sticki as well...a bonus to your day and then to come home to a nicely dug over border... it can't get any better :) Happy planning and purchasing for your new border, Daylily.

6 Jun, 2011

 

Great blog Daylily, it all looks beautiful and I love the barge in the background. Looking forward to seeing your garden planted up :-)

6 Jun, 2011

 

My OH likes bamboo too..we have a Zebrina which he is inordinately proud off, trims it himself! Mind you, he still calls it that "thingy at the bottom of the garden" lol!

6 Jun, 2011

 

sorry its taken me so long to find this ~ had to go to devon the day after visiting this garden

daylily ~ these pictures are really lovely. i may have one of the bit you missed but got to wait till OH has put them on his computer before i can transfer them to mine.

your daughter was lovely ~ both of you were so friendly and chatty. you look younger than 44 to me ~ very young i thought!!! my birthday is also september but sadly im not 43 any more!!!

im hoping to go again ~ its such a lovely place ~ cafe and shop well worth visiting too!!!

6 Jun, 2011

 

Hi Karensue, as you can see we went 7 and half years between our two girls so still a few young years left yet, i wondered if the 63 was your year of birth. I was thinking the same about the 'man thing' when i said about the bamboos and grasses, i suppose a bit more matcho than flowers.:^)

Hi Whistonlass, thank you for your comments, i am looking forward to planting the border but still not quite sure what to put yet, i have a philadelphus and weigela, and a Stipa Gigantea which hopefully will be going somewhere, the border is south facing, just trying to improve the border with some manure as it is quite sandy soil that we bought to fill a big sunken area of about 14 ft x 10ft (but thats another story).:^)

Hi Teds, thankyou very much.:^)

Hi Tet, we have a few 'thingys' too that my hubby asks me about, lol. He'll say 'what's that one again?.:^)

6 Jun, 2011

 

Hi sticki, thanks for your lovely comments, very kind. Look forward to your pics. x

6 Jun, 2011

 

i forgot to say ~ your OH has done a really great job ~ lovely empty flower bed all ready to fill ~ looks exciting!

6 Jun, 2011

 

Yes, im looking forward to that, not sure how quick i will get it done though, we are hoping to get some extra gravel boards and new fencing panels soon as the soil is touching the fence in parts, so that we can get the border planted, it has always been just grass to the fence up until now.

6 Jun, 2011

 

i think its lovely putting the new things in ~ im not so good at maintaining them!!! probably best not done quickly! better to appreciate it and get it right ~ i never do cos i get impatient!!

6 Jun, 2011

 

I dont know about the getting it right, but we can have fun trying cant we! I am quite impatient too especially when starting from scratch, takes time to fill out, but then the time soon flies doesnt it. Im going to bed now to dream about gardening!

6 Jun, 2011

 

that will be a good dream!
i have just worked out how to download the phone photos so i will be able to put a few on now ~ hopefully better ones from OH camera later.

6 Jun, 2011

 

:^))

7 Jun, 2011

 

i love that picture of the otter ~ it was one of my favourites and i really like the one of the statue who now has a friend!! do you think they are both 9 years old??

7 Jun, 2011

 

They do look similar age dont they? thanks for telling me to go look for it! I think i was a little distracted with Hannah with me so missed a few bits I think!

7 Jun, 2011

 

never mind ~ you will have to go back for those!!! good excuse!!

7 Jun, 2011

 

Interesting set of photos...
Hannah has a lovely smile ...
... the sunken garden looks fascinating... :o)

18 Jun, 2011

 

Hi Terratoonie, hope you and your doggies are well, thank you for your comments, yes sunken garden lovely, so many plants and shrub varieties, plant heaven all in one!!

19 Jun, 2011

 

Just got here...loved it...think I might call you granny lol..The problem is..loads of grandmas on here and we just assume everyone is. They obviously haven't seen your pic with Carol:-))

23 Jun, 2011

 

Hi Bornagain, glad you like again, thanks for comments, i saw your recent comment that you had been to Walsall market, do you live that way? :^)

23 Jun, 2011

 

Yes Aldridge:-)

24 Jun, 2011

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