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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Village days part 1

Sweet peas on the allotments

Open gardens, open village days, it was all happening around here over the weekend. As the events were both within a three mile journey of home, I could not resist going along to take part. It was glorious weather, which meant that I took plenty of photos. So once again, I am going to take you on a tour. First of all, we are going to Woodnewton, Northamptonshire. And tomorrow I will post about Apethorpe, also in Northamptonshire. 

How inviting does this look? As if it could get any more idyllic, just beyond the trees is a river.

A clever garden, owned by a garden designer.

And a beautiful woodland walk in a wilder plot. 

A brilliant log store. And a flower pot wreath...

I noticed that lots of gardens have box parterres - small low box hedges - in their design. This one was pretty, with the tiny red flowers rising above it.

This last garden is in a fairly small plot, but the owner had packed so much into it. She was really happy to chat about her garden and told me that she spends hours on it every week. "I don't sleep well, so you'll often find me out here at 5.30am," she said. "It's my passion."

More gardens tomorrow, including a stunning Jacobean country house, and the sweetest country cottage I've ever seen!


  1. I'm really enjoying these posts - my garden is just more overgrown than usual this year but there's lots of wildlife to enjoy. As I have said before you live in a very beautiful place and its just a shame its hundreds of miles away. xx

  2. Hi Karen, I wish you could visit too! My garden is very wild in places too. I'm saying to myself that gardening is something I will have time for when I am retired....

  3. Those sweetpeas look so pretty....I can almost smell them. That last garden looks wonderful :o)

  4. It was so lovely. Just the right size, and with lots going on but not too fussy. Talented owner.