Sunday, 26 August 2012

The Garden House, Saxby

 I enjoyed my bank holiday treat today - a visit to The Garden House, Saxby, which is fast becoming my favourite garden in this area. I have posted about my visits before, but it is such a wonderful garden, it deserves to be featured again.
It has been such an awful gardening year, and every garden has suffered in one way or another, but you wouldn't think so judging from the way this garden looks.
 The whole garden was a mass of butterflies (which I haven't seen many of this year) and many different varieties of bees.  In fact, if you stood still, the only sound was buzzing.  Bliss!
 The gardens near the house have been planted with drifts of plants and grasses, which gives a variety of both colour and texture.
 The spaces have been carefully designed to give vistas and focal points, which lead through the different areas in the garden.
Hard landscaping has been carefully used throughout, to enhance the different areas and give them their own personality.  The planting here was just white and blue - nemesia in pots and agapanthus.
Chris was really taken by the display of dahlias around the house and particularly liked this one, with the vibrant orange set off by the dark leaves.
Whereas this richly coloured cosmos stopped me in my tracks - my cosmos at home are still growing and not really flowering very well (unlike these).
Although orange is not usually a colour that I am attracted to, I couldn't help being drawn to these fiery heleniums.
The echinacea purpurea was looking fantastic and had attracted masses of bees.
A quieter area of the garden with delicate cosmos foliage, birch trees and more late summer planting including yellow kniphofia (red hot pokers).
 One of the vistas, with a lavender path leading past an obelisk garden with pleached trees on the left and smaller, more intimate gardens on the right.  The focal point was an urn planted with scarlet geraniums.
 One of my favourite parts of the garden is the Cathedral Garden, with three components - grass, hedge and pleached trees.  A really calming and meditative space.
Finally, my favourite photo from today's visit.  A mass of the orange heleniums with a white echinacea behind. 
After visiting the garden, we visited the green burial site    that is owned by the garden owners.  It is a very quiet and peaceful place and Chris and I are giving this idea much thought.  I like the idea of a green burial and a biodegradable casket, with a native tree planted for you if you would like it and a wildflower meadow there too.  Definitely to be considered.


  1. I can see why its a favourite place Ellie! What a beautiful garden. Love the dahlias.
    Victoria xx

    1. Dear Victoria
      Thank you for your comment. It is a wonderful garden and there were masses of other dahlias around the house, all with bright flowers and dark leaves. Next year I hope to visit when the wildflower meadow is in flower - it was cut down last week and the owners said it looked particularly good this year! Typical!
      Best wishes