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Houghton Hall & Gardens

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*These are to be found in North West Norfolk, just off the A148 King’s Lynn to Cromer Road and open On Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

The residence of Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, now restored to its former grandeur by the 7th Marquess Of Cholmondeley.

The 5-acre walled garden, past winner of the Historic Houses Association/Christies’ ‘Garden of the Year Award’, is divided into ‘Rooms’.

These include a spectacular double-sided herbaceous border; formal rose parterre with over 150 varieties of English roses; kitchen garden; glass houses; statues; fountains; ‘Waterflame’ by Jeppe Hein.

There is a Deer Park close to the hall, home to a herd of white fallow and smaller groups of exotic deer.

The Rustic Temple makes use of the many Deer antlers found in the park …

The herbaceous borders …

The renovation of the walled garden began in 1991, the kitchen garden had fallen into a state of disrepair and Lord Cholmondeley was keen to restore it as a memorial to his grandmother …

I found a very helpful and friendly young lady gardener and remarked on the pretty Foxtail Lilies (Eremurus) which she said many people mistakenly call Red Hot Pokers (Kniphofia) …

Fabulous display of Delphiniums …

!Now to the Rose garden, so many wonderfully perfumed varieties, especially those on the arches …

We stopped for a rest in the sunken garden, and admired the fountain,and the surrounding Hydrangeas, which are probably looking fabulous now as our visit here was two weeks ago …

While the whole garden commemorates the life of Sybil Cholmondeley, the Pool Garden is Lord Cholmondeley’s personal memorial to his grandmother. Her initials are depicted in the clipped Box which surrounds plantings of Lavender and Rosemary …

These mixed Calendulas are planted within the kitchen garden …

Such beautifully formed flowers …

Here are some of the lovely plants we passed by on our way to the glasshouse …

Mahonia berries, which OH said resembled Grapes!

A beautiful Clematis, happy to climb against the warmth of the brick wall …

Lovely lilac Campanula ’Prichard’s Variety’ … thankyou to Spritz for the correct ID …

Lilium martagon (Turk’s cap Lily) …

Almost time for refreshment, just the glasshouse to visit …

Passiflora without a name … handled by my assistant (OH) for photographic purposes! …

Well trained Fig …

Looks as though the gardener’s gone for refreshment too!

These are wonderful gardens to view, so if you’re ever in the area, do pay them a visit and make sure to see the Waterflame in the Laburnum Garden …

We didn’t venture into the Hall itself as the gardens took a couple of hours to really appreciate their beauty.*

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Amazingly beautiful pictures and gardens, would love to go there. Thank you for sharing Shirley_tulip :)))

15 Jul, 2011

 

I agree. Really nice blog Shirley. Thank you.

15 Jul, 2011

 

Wow!! What a fabulous garden...thanks for sharing your visit Shirley :)
We have a Cholmondley Castle (and gardens) up here in Cheshire...I wonder if there's a connection with the family at Houghton Hall....?

15 Jul, 2011

 

Lovely gardens and lovely photos! I think the lily you require identification for is referred to as Turk's Cap but I don't know the proper name.

16 Jul, 2011

 

This is a great blog Shirleyt. We went there 25 odd years ago but I dont remember the gardens being as good as this. We have just booked a week in Sept and staying near Kings Lynn so will have to go again, these pictures a real encouragement!

16 Jul, 2011

 

All looks amazing Shirley Tulip - we are going to Cromer in September and will pay this a visit , will be a nice treat :))))))

16 Jul, 2011

 

Lovely blog, lovely pictures enjoyed my visit thank you.

16 Jul, 2011

 

LOVELY.Too far for me to visit in a day's trip.

16 Jul, 2011

 

Thanks so much for reading this bog Michaella, Cinders, Oliveoil & Coshad ... : o ))) .......

Puddleduck, I'll do some research to see if there is a family connection .......

Thanks for Turk's Cap ID, Nariz. Such pretty flowers ...

Tet, it's about twenty years since the renovations began so you'll certainly spot the difference when you visit in September, enjoy the gardens! .......

Paul, I expect the planting will look different in September so take lots of pics please! .......

16 Jul, 2011

 

What a lovely place to visit! Thanks for all the beautiful views and pictures of the different areas in the gardens. I think we went there many years ago when we stayed in Norfolk, but I can't remember much about it.

By the way, I don't think that plant is Plumbago - it looks like Campanula 'Prichard's Variety' to me - cos I've got one growing in my garden! lol.

16 Jul, 2011

 

I bow to your plant knowledge, Spritz! Off to amend the heading now .......

16 Jul, 2011

 

No bowing allowed - curtseying maybe! LOL.

I just had a thought - I have a Clem called 'Mrs Cholmondely' - well, I did before she wilted...could she be related to the family at the house?

16 Jul, 2011

 

What an absolutely lovely blog, Shirley, thank you for taking so much trouble! Loved the campanula and the pretty Turk's cap (which I've just Googled, and apparently it's Lilium martagon . . . there you go. :))

16 Jul, 2011

 

Thanks for the tour Shirley - what a wonderful garden.
I think the ID you're after is Martagon (also known as Turk's cap) lily.

16 Jul, 2011

 

Very interesting - a lovely place to visit :o) I loved that lavender in the border. It's got a fantastic smell hasn't it ....
Did they have cacti in that greenhouse ? A green house is not a proper greenhouse without some cacti inside it lol :D

16 Jul, 2011

 

Puddleduck ... apparently David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley inherited the estate on the death of his grandmother in 1989. A few months later, his father, Hugh, the 6th Marquess, died and he inherited Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire and the surrounding 7,500-acre estate where his mother, Lavinia, still lives. .....
Spritz ... all I have found is C. Alice Fisk which Jim Fisk bred in 1964, a cross between 'Lasurstern' and 'Mrs. Cholmondeley' and named for his mother ...
Thanks both Sheila and Muddy for the Martagon ID, it's a new one to me! : o )) .....

Yes there were some Cacti, Hywel, and there were also a crowd of Americans in the GH at the same time! I was very pleased to be able to name an Aeonium for one of them ... she wrote it down on the back of her hand ... aren't some folk strange? lol!!

16 Jul, 2011

 

Thanks for the tour Shirley I'm sure we've been there many years ago, lovely pictures .....

16 Jul, 2011

 

Great blog Shirley & lovely photos..what an interesting place to visit ..too far away for me though, so thank you for letting me have a look around..the waterflame looks good too..:o))

16 Jul, 2011

 

Thanks for the trip out Shirley, I really enjoyed it, Brilliant Blog, and Wonderful photos,

16 Jul, 2011

 

You're all very welcome! I keep on saying it, but there are so many fabulous places to visit around this small island we live on . . . . .

16 Jul, 2011

 

is this far from Littlehampton

16 Jul, 2011

 

LOL, Val, it's in Norfolk! . . . . .

16 Jul, 2011

 

O Yer, so sorry, I am a complete idiot,

16 Jul, 2011

 

Sorry for smiling at your comment ... the rain has stopped and the sun is out ... hooray! : o ))

16 Jul, 2011

 

you can laugh its o.k.! my OH says, "You can't put in, what god left out"that's very true in my case

16 Jul, 2011

 

LOL ... that's a new one to me! : o ))))

16 Jul, 2011

 

well you will have to remember that one,

16 Jul, 2011

 

Looks a lovely place to visit....

17 Jul, 2011

 

Thanks Holly . . . . .

17 Jul, 2011

 

Hi Shirley this is near me :) Im in Kings Lynn & have visited this Hall many times :) Your Pics are Fantastic :D

18 Jul, 2011

 

Oh Jacque, I wish I'd known, we could have met up with you. Go there in late Summer and take some pics for us ... it probably takes on a different look altogether! : o ))

18 Jul, 2011

 

il see what i can do ;) X

18 Jul, 2011

 

: o )))))

18 Jul, 2011

 

Thanks for the info Shirley tulip (sorry for being so late catching up....) My hubby and youngest son had a "Boys Day Out" at the weekend, and went to Cholmondeley (in Cheshire) for the "Pageant of Power" (apparently it was all fast cars and stuff...I stayed at home, lol) Then they stayed on for the evening music concert and fireworks...the Manchester Camerata I believe...I was miffed at missing that :(( The castle was floodlit and 9000 people sang along to "Land of Hope and Glory" and the "1812 Overture" complete with cannon fire! Wished I'd have gone now.... (I'm sulking here, lol)

19 Jul, 2011

 

What a shame you didn't join them in the evening ... 9,000 voices sounds like stirring stuff! I'd be sulking too ... lol! . . . . .

19 Jul, 2011

 

:)) Yes, still sulking here...especially now I've seen my son's video clip...:((
You'd have thought they would have driven home (an hour's drive) to pick me up and take me back there wouldn't you? But oh no...left "home-alone", singing along to my garden, and pretending to be Britannia....lol ;) Life can be so unfair at times....;)

19 Jul, 2011

 

Oh, that conjures up such a funny mental picture for me ... make sure you go to the next event ... : o ))) I'm off here next as the site is just so slow ... for me at least . . . . .

19 Jul, 2011

 

what a lovely blog Shirley thanks for sharing it with us all,what a great day out,this is defo going on my places to visit ! so much to see and take in thanks again :)

24 Jul, 2011

 

Pleased you liked it, Whdebor, and I see you're only a County away! : o )

24 Jul, 2011

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