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A blog without pictures I’m afraid as cameras and mobile ‘phones are not allowed in the gardens.
I’ve always wanted to visit Highgrove and when I saw a coach trip with collection in my area I booked immediately. Lovely sunny morning and I was at the collection point about 10 minutes early. Two ladies there already and one other arrived soon after myself. We were meant to be picked up at 10.30am but around that time I had a call from the cab company, which was taking us to join the coach, to say they would be 15 minutes late. After 15 minutes had gone there was another call to say sorry, another 15 minutes. Finally we were collected 40 minutes late! Four ladies in our 70’s sitting on a wall for an hour – we were not happy.
Never mind, Highgrove was worth it. I loved everything about the gardens; the formal walled garden, the fruit and veg area – one square acre – the informality of the woodland with ferns, hostas, hydrangeas and an amazing gunnera. The tour took 2 hours and the guide was amusing and informative and gave a lot of information about what was growing and why. She asked us to be particularly careful in one area as the ground was very uneven and apparently a lady who had visited the garden some weeks before was threatening to sue as she had twisted her ankle. She claimed it was not made clear that some areas might not be level! We were advised when we booked to wear stout shoes for this reason however a number of my fellow visitors wore sandels or flip flops.
Delicious lunch in the restaurant and bought several plants and some bulbs.
I’m sure lots of Goy members have visited Highgrove and I wonder if you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Shame about the no photographs rule though, everytime I saw something I loved I automatically reached for the camera.
Perhaps I’ll add a pic of something in my garden, just for a bit of colour.

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Oh how did I publish the same photographs twice? I don't know how to delete the extra ones, sorry!

19 Sep, 2016


What a lovely outing, in spite of the late start! I would like to visit Highgrove but its such a long way from here. Your garden looks very pretty and peaceful.

20 Sep, 2016


Shame about pictures of Highgrove but never mind. You certainly added some colour with pictures of garden which is looking lovely. Very cottage garden feel which is what I would love to do here. And your dog looks a real cutie

20 Sep, 2016


I have a very vivid picture of all you ladies sitting on the wall impatiently waiting, lol, pleased it turned out right in the end and that you enjoyed your visit, I guess one can understand why the No Camera's Allowed rule, I would love to go to Highgrove, remember seeing a programme on telly about it and wishing I had access to some of the tree stumps for here, the ferns and hostas would look marvellous with even one proper trunk in my little stumpery, sigh.
Your garden is lovely Ginellie, my kind of garden and your little friend is very cute..

20 Sep, 2016


Never mind about the photos coming out twice. It was nice to see them twice :) especially your little friend :)

Your garden is better than highgrove - it's all your own work. Highgrove is looked after by gardeners.

21 Sep, 2016


I would love to see it (particularly the veg patch) but don't think I'd go now I know you can't take photos!
Having said that, I'd much rather see a photo of your lovely dog than Prince Charles flowers or vegetables!

22 Sep, 2016


Thank you all for your lovely comments - especially about Charlie boy. He is much calmer than when he arrived here a year ago and enjoys the garden very much.
I think the guide said there are 15 gardeners at Highgrove Hywel so not much for HRH to do I guess.
We did look rather odd all sitting on the wall Lincslass. Good thing it was fine as there was no shelter.
My own garden has that autumnal look now but some really lovely lilies have just flowered. I bought the bulbs at Hampton Court flower show in July and they are so highly perfumed.
Tonight on Gardener's World there is a bit about a lovely garden in Seaford which I have visited many times. Geoff, the owner of it, has raised thousands for charity by his open days and wonderful cakes.

23 Sep, 2016


Shame about the camera OH has a lovely book on Highgrove the garden looks fabulous... glad you got there in the end, as the saying goes better late....
Saw Geoff's garden on GW.. we follow one another on Facebook he does raise a huge amount of money for charity you are lucky to have visited it and enjoyed the lovely cakes.....hope to get there one day...

24 Sep, 2016


I hope you do Dotty, it's so much better than it looked on tv.

26 Sep, 2016


Ohhhh then we must go....

26 Sep, 2016


I’d rather see your garden than Highgrove any day! And your dog is a cutie!

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