This amazing garden in Gardone Riviera has plants from around the world blended with contemporary sculptures. The numerous shrubs and small trees are intersected with narrow, winding paths with each turn presenting a different tableau of planting.
We visit the field where the spectacular and famous dahlias are grown. The festival was 8th to 16th September 2018 at Aylett Garden Centre, North Orbital Rd, St Albans, Herts. There was also a scarecrow competition in the Celebration Garden.
I have just taken delivery of a new accessory for my video camera, an Andoer L4 Autodolly. Hopefully it will improve the video record I keep of our garden’s progress. The garden is small but I like to think it is perfectly formed. We have two tubs of begonias that are looking good. The rose bush ‘Lady of Shalott’ (David Austin Roses) is putting on a good show, the courgettes are cropping well and the grapes are starting to ripen.
A walk from the tranquil Parque García Sanabria to the noisy harbour, admiring some of the beautiful flowers and trees on the way. The Parque García Sanabria is the largest urban park in the Canary Islands. The park’s floral clock was manufactured in Switzerland by Favag.
Canons Ashby House is a Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house located in the village of Canons Ashby, south of the town of Daventry, Northamptonshire. The interior of Canons Ashby House is noted for its Elizabethan wall paintings and its Jacobean plasterwork. It is owned by the National Trust.
The Trentham Estate is an award-winning visitor attraction, welcoming over 3 million visitors a year. The estate includes a large lake with a passenger boat, Italian gardens and woodland walks. Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown worked on the landscape at Trentham around 1760.
The centerpiece of the Shugborough Estate is Shugborough Hall, parts of which date back to 1695. Further additions were made during the 18th and 19th centurys. There is an exhibition showing highlights from the lives of two previous residents; Thomas Anson who was a Member of Parliament and George Anson who was First Lord of the Admiralty. It is owned by the National Trust.
Baddesley Clinton is a moated manor house near the historic town of Warwick in the English county of Warwickshire. The house probably originated in the 13th century, when large areas of the Forest of Arden were cleared for farmland. It is owned by the National Trust.
Montacute house and village have often featured as locations for films. It was used as one of the locations for the BBC’s adaption of the novel Wolf Hall, in 2014. The fictional location for the Wallace and Gromit film ‘The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’, Tottington Hall, was based on Montacute House.
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Montacute House is a building with two fronts. In 1787 the west side, originally the back, was rebuilt to become the new approach.
When the house was built in 1598, the east side (above) was the front. The lawn and flower borders would have originally been a courtyard with a gate house.
A notable feature of the house is the Long Gallery, spanning the entire top floor of the building. It is hung with 16th and 17th century old master portraits, in partnership with London’s National Portrait Gallery.
A la Ronde, near Exmouth in Devon, is owned by the National Trust. It was built in 1796 for two spinster cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter. Jane was the daughter of a rich merchant. Following the death of her father, Jane decided to set up home in Devon together with her cousin Mary. They purchased a plot of land near Exmouth and had A la Ronde built. We visited in May 2018.
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They lived quiet lives, occupied with handicrafts such as needlework and creating pictures with sea shells. Jane died in 1811 leaving the property to Mary. The terms of Mary’s will specified that the property could be inherited only by an “unmarried kinswoman”. This condition held firm until 1886 when the house was transferred to the Reverend Oswald Reichel, a brother of one of the former occupants.
Reichel was responsible for major changes to the house. These included the construction of upstairs bedrooms with dormer windows, the fitting of first-floor windows, the replacement of the original thatch with roof tiles and the addition of an external catwalk.
Jane and Mary were regular attendants at a Chapel in Exmouth, but as the two ladies got older they found the journey to worship increasingly difficult. Therefore they had ‘Point in View’ chapel built on their own estate. Surrounding the chapel was a small school for six girls and almshouses for four maiden ladies of at least 50 years of age.