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A National Trust Garden...

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Although we’ve been National Trust members for umpty-ump years, and managed to visit all of the properties within travelling distance when we lived in Kent, since we moved here to Somerset almost 6 years ago, I’m ashamed to say that we had only been to Coleridge’s Cottage (3 miles away) up until Tuesday. Why?

It’s a lot more difficult to venture forth when you have a dog, you see. Unless we have someone who’s able (and willing) to let Henry out and so on, we can’t go too far away from home – and National Trust properties don’t let dogs into their gardens – hardly surprising, really!

Anyway, we had our family staying for a big celebration from Saturday until Wednesday, and our son offered to take Henry for a walk and look after him while we went off out on Tuesday afternoon.

This huge Victorian mansion is Knightshayes Court, near Tiverton in Devon.
OH went to look inside while I walked round the garden…it took us a long time to get there through narrow lanes – a lot further than we’d thought, so we couldn’t do both.

I was interested to find out that it was built by the Heathcote-Amory family, who had made their money from factories in nearby Tiverton. I took a photo of the view from the terrace through a beautiful avenue of trees with a view of…the factories!

The path along the top terrace was bordered on one side by interesting planting. Do you think this wonderful clash of colours was deliberate?

Allium cernuum and Zauschneria californica

A member of the Malva family – I don’t know which one.

A different Malva

A gorgeous orange poppy…

Rhodohypoxis in the gravel bed.

One of the many statues in the grounds.

There’s a lily pond there, too, overlooked by another statue.

Eagle statues at each side of the steps to the lower terrace.

Along the lower terrace back towards the gates to the garden. If you don’t get back there before 5 o’clock, you’re in trouble, because the gates get locked on the dot!

This plant has gone on my wish-list. It’s Althaea cannabina…and I love it!

By the gates is a large glasshouse, with a number of tender plants in it.

One last treat – a well-stocked plant sales area. Did I buy any plants?

Well – what do you think?

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Beautiful photos, sounds like you had a really good time.
The photo of Henry is fantastic, how is he these days ?

29 Jul, 2010

 

I am so thankful for the National Trust ... they have saved so many properties of historical interest ... the gardens always seem to be well maintained ... lovely blog. : o )))

29 Jul, 2010

 

I enjoyed the walk around lovely pics, thankyou for sharing, if you would like the orange poppy seeds I can help!!

29 Jul, 2010

 

So far, so good, thanks, Valadel. We're pleased that the disruption to his routine didn't upset him at all.

It was lovely to get out for just a few hours - and to see this garden. :-))

Thanks - but no thanks about the poppy seeds...Not sure they'd fit my colour schemes!

29 Jul, 2010

 

Lol :o)

29 Jul, 2010

 

great photos...looks a lovely place...Henry is a very handsome boy too

29 Jul, 2010

 

This is one of our favourite NT gardens, did you get to look at the Walled Kitchen garden, its amazing. We tend to stop here on our way back from holidays in the south-west and I always fall for a plant or two!
Your pics are lovely, I esp like the blue flower & the colour clashing duo!

29 Jul, 2010

 

Lovely blog Spritz and wow what a garden, I love that border and I really love colours that clash, thanks for the look around this place, somewhere I probably would not be able to visit.

29 Jul, 2010

 

A lovely blog and photos Spritz, Henry is looking as gorgeous as usual. I wish I'd known about this place while I was down that way. It would have made a lovely escape for a day! I can't imagine y-k-w wanting to visit, can you?

29 Jul, 2010

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A lovely blog Spritz. It looks a beautiful place and your photos are very good, especially the close-ups of some wonderful plants. I can just imagine your wish-list getting longer and longer and you somehow making more and more spaces somewhere in your garden.
I'm sure Henry is very well mannered, so would be great to look after for the day.
By the way I think it was a Gryphon rather than an eagle.

30 Jul, 2010

 

LOvely photos and blog and a beautiful photo of Henry so pleased he's doing alright.

30 Jul, 2010

 

Hallo Pixielady - no, we only had 1.5 hours there, so I couldn't walk over to the Kitchen Garden - we saw it in the distance, and thought it looked amazing!

Thanks for the nice comments, folks. It makes writing a blog soooo worthwhile!

Ian - No -you're so right! But - it was a long trip, and Holly might have got a bit tired.

Mad - yes, of course it's a gryphon...or should I say two gryphons! LOL. Thanks for telling me. :-)))

30 Jul, 2010

 

fab pics i loved that headge and the the sripy plant dont no the name lol .

30 Jul, 2010

 

Thanks, Cristina - that's an Agave americana. They seem to like cutting hedges into shapes there - there are several places where they've done that.

30 Jul, 2010

 

lovely blog, I have been here too. It is gorgeous. And you were very restrained at the plant stall. did you get round the house too? We had two trips as the first day it rained stair rods so we just went round the house. so we went back the next sunny day and had a wonderful day just in the gardens. The walled garden is stunning too.

30 Jul, 2010

 

No - I walked in the garden nearest the house, and OH went inside...he said it was highly ornate and enormous! We'd both have liked to walk to the walled bit, but we ran out of time.

I bought two plants - the Diascia and a Heucherella 'Alabama Sunrise' to replace one that died....;-(( There were plenty more I'd have liked, though. What a good Plant Sales area it is! :-))

30 Jul, 2010

 

glad you managed to get out for the afternoon barbara, lovely place to visit i bet, lovely pics to, wish i could look after henry for you, not saying i would let you have him back mind lol, ;o))

31 Jul, 2010

 

I have to admit that it would be nice to get out for a whole day occasionally....so come on down Sandra! :-)))

Yes - it was a lovely place. :-))

31 Jul, 2010

 

packing my bag barbara ;o))

31 Jul, 2010

 

:-))))))))

31 Jul, 2010

 

How do you restrain yourself Spritz to 2 plants............ I need sedating before I visit any plant sales. This looks to be a lovely place to visit. I just love the pond.

1 Aug, 2010

 

It was difficult - I'd have lingered and been tempted for sure, except that it was 5 o'clock and they were closing any minute. :-((

1 Aug, 2010

 

Lovely pic of Henry! Glad that you got "time out" and to a very lovely place, too. Many thanks for sharing your visit to these wonderful gardens. :-))

1 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks, David. I think we needed a short break away from the 'full house' we had. :-))

1 Aug, 2010

 

glad you managed a day out, one I've wanted to visit, looks lovely. The orange poppy - want any seed? it's a perennial

2 Aug, 2010

 

No thanks - the only place where I grow orange flowers is in my 'hot border' and as it faces east, I don't 'think' that popppies would like it, do you???? Or do you??? lol.

2 Aug, 2010

 

they're the Meconopsis cambrica type, double hardy perennial, so they don't mind some shade

3 Aug, 2010

 

Really? Then, yes please, if it's not too much trouble....lovely. They can enjoy 'clashing' with 'Ann Folkard'.

3 Aug, 2010

 

will put it with the 'order' ;-) (I'm a bit behind, hopefully should have a quiet week next week)

4 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks, G. xxx

4 Aug, 2010

 

What a great Blog Spritz, enjoyed the pics very much, looks live a lovely place to visit. Henry looks very regal in his photo too.

6 Sep, 2010

 

He likes posing for the camera. Bell! ;-)

I'd like to go there again - next time, we'll try to have more time there, and go at a different time of year, too.

7 Sep, 2010

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