Tag: National Trust

winding paths and secret corners adorn this lovely find in south Shropshire

Small Scale Gardening

I so frequently advocate gaining inspiration for one’s own garden from visits to ‘stately homes’ that it is all too easy to forget what is on one’s own doorstep. Actually, the notion sprang into my head when I was a considerable distance from home. This last weekend, I was participating by invitation in a ‘Garden and Book-Arts Festival’ on the English/Welsh border just outside Knighton, Powys – though on the other side of the River Teme, in Shropshire. My kind hosts took me to a couple of open gardens “in the middle of nowhere”.  I suddenly realised that here were examples of small scale gardening at its very best, and an opportunity to talk to owners about the nature of the soil, difficulties or otherwise of climate or location (steep hillsides for example)  under which they toiled. 

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Post-Storm Inspiration – out and about enjoyment

plum tree storm damage Post-storm inspiration

Storm damage to our plum tree caused by exceptionally strong winds.

Thinking of one’s garden may be far from the minds of many readers who have been affected by gales and flooding. Personally, I turn for post-storm inspiration to gardens of the National Trust, knowing I will find beauty that will lift the spirit wherever I visit – on the page, or for real.

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Winter walks and garden discoveries

My blog story to celebrate 'National Tree Week' is a little different - so I hope you enjoy the change in presentation, relevant to the chosen topic.

My blog story to celebrate ‘National Tree Week’ is a little different – so I
hope you enjoy the change in presentation, relevant to the chosen topic.

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Photography on location

The colours on these Honesty seedpods are perfect for a watercolour sketch

The colours on these Honesty seedpods are perfect for a watercolour sketch

Photography in the garden or when out and about has surely never been so easy, whether using an iPhone or iPad or similar, or a simple digital camera. It depends what you want to use the images for – ‘happy snaps’, slide show on your TV, online in blogs or social media, or to obtain prints. How fortunate we gardeners are to HAVE digital facilities – remember the days when you used film and had to wait for the prints to come back from processing, by which time that beautiful flower had faded and you could not capture it again. Now, you can even check your images as you take them; and you don’t have to pay for poor shots to be processed.

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May Miscellany continued

Stunning location for an allotment - Knucklas, Powys

Stunning location for an allotment – Knucklas, Powys

I am writing this post just one day after the one I posted yesterday, on Sunday 26th May. Only because I am taking a holiday which for me is unusual – working trips away, yes, but time away without a professional slant is something I have not experienced for over two years. Already, before we have even left home, I have a list of activities that in fact impinge on this, and other blogs and magazine features. For one of my favourite allotment sites is located within walking distance of where we stay with our caravan; in fact you can see it from the c’van kitchenette window when I prepare our usual away-from-home salad supper. It will have to be visited for up-to-date photos!

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