Doesn’t this look like it’s straight out of The Secret Garden?
Inside these gates, there was so much to see. Spring has come so late that things were still looking very bare– but still beautiful to me, especially since it all seemed so orderly.
I love the bean teepees and glass cloches. And yes, that is a big, beautiful greenhouse in the background!
Filled with plant starts soaking up the warmth.
And I loved this collection of heat-hungry plants, all clustered together and growing strong.One of my favorite features of all of the walled gardens I’ve seen is the espaliered fruit trees. They are beautiful to me, and so practical. They are trained to the walls that correspond to each tree’s need for sun and heat, the neediest getting that prime spot against the south-facing wall.Espaliered trees are also used as fences or hedgerows around the plots. How lovely. I would love to be able to walk through this garden, picking fruit left and right.
Of course, there’s always room for flowers, edible or not.
And homes for hard-working bees.
Outside the walls of the garden are more ornamentals, herbs, and an orchard. Can you imagine how lovely this will be when the plants have filled it all in?
This orchard is so practical– all of the trees are so short that most fruits would be easy to pick without a ladder or chair. I will be honest here: it will be super hard for me to resist picking fruit from these trees when we visit later in the year. How do people do it?I can’t wait to come back in another month or two, and see how and what is growing in here.Isn’t it all so lovely and romantic? Sigh… I look forward to showing you more of Wimpole Estate this week!
What is your favorite part of these gardens? Also, please tell me you have read The Secret Garden recently– it is SO wonderful! Amelia and I just finished reading it, and although I had read my copy to pieces as a kid, I had completely forgotten how wonderful and truth-filled that book is.
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