Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The Walled Garden


Hello again,

In early April i wrote a post titled Easter Weekend and told you all about our plans to have our own little walled rose garden here at Shingle Cottage,we have had many a lovely weekend over the years wandering around historical houses and gardens that have inspired me in many ways and i wanted to share a dreamy old walled garden that we love to visit...

Burton Agnes Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan stately home built between 1598 and 1610 it has been described as 'the perfect English house' and as one of the  twenty best English houses alongside Windsor castle,Buckingham palace and Chatsworth house.


Steve and Beatrix walking up to the house from the entrance,isn't it wonderful? 


Burton Agnes Hall is stunningly beautiful inside and out...


Beautiful old statuary,pink hydrangea,pea gravel paths and manicured lawns,it is when walking around breath taking...

The architecture is so detailed,just look at those brick chimneys,i think that's what i love most about the past,everything was beautiful....


As you walk you can hear the splashing of the fountains and birds song.....


Woodland walks.....Do you see the wooden bench beneath the huge redwood tree?


The gentle mooing of wandering Cows....this really is a piece of heaven on earth...


An artist in residence.....

Beautiful ponds filled with statues and fountains...


And flowering water lilies being visited by the bumble bees.....


The four towers you can see is the entrance where Steve and Beatrix were walking toward the house,just below the towers on the right is an arched gateway into the walled garden....


I love this it's so secret garden..... 


As you enter there is a vegetable garden with runner beans and sweet peas climbing skyward,this is looking back and you can see Burton Agnes Hall and the woodland makes the most beautiful back drop...


long walkways with rose arches,lined with day lilies,salvia,delphiniums to name but a few...


Rambling roses covering old log arbors and stone urns filled with flowers...


At the bottom of my bed on the mantle piece of the little pink fireplace is this beautiful painting titled 'Cottage Garden' by the very talented artist Christie Repasy...i am blessed to call Christie my friend and she sent the painting to me and Steve for our cottage warming present,Christie is such a kind and wonderful friend and her parcel made me cry when i opened it,i kept our painting wrapped up until the day we moved into Shingle Cottage so i would always remember that special feeling,Christie's painting is the first thing i see when i wake up and the last thing i see when i go to sleep...my Dad always said there is one painting in the world for everyone and i know this is mine,i think it's the most beautiful garden ever painted.....

If you would like your very own 'Cottage Garden' painting here is a link to Christie's online store Cottage Garden


Every time i looked at the rose arbors i thought of Christie's 'Cottage Garden' painting....imagine if Christie was the artist in residence,everyone would buy some plants and a painting on the way out...


borders all in colour palettes,here it was lilacs and pinks....


Views through to fountains and other little gardens....


Delphiniums and rambling roses and the buzzing of bees and blackbirds calling....

Where to next? have we been this way before? path after path it's just wonderful....there is even a maze...


The blue of the delphinium against the old wall of the garden....


I loved this view below it made you feel like you were in the middle of no where,it's so fairytale....


Hollyhocks and French hollyhocks too....to the left of the red hollyhock is a smaller purple flower known as the French hollyhock i brought one home with me from the plant stall on my way out to plant in my garden at Shingle Cottage....


The girl in the fountain,i adore this its just magical to me....


So much beauty,walled gardens are always  a delight for the senses,the the smell of roses and flowers wafting on the air,the sounds of bees buzzing,birds singing and the eye doesn't know where to look next...out in the sunshine daydreaming here and day dreaming there you can feel the sun has caught your arms and cheeks....time seems to stop in a walled garden....

Through little archways there are games to be played and enjoyed while roses bloom and clematis play peek a boo.....


Anyone want to play chess?...this chess set is surrounded by a walkway covered in climbers and rambling roses....


Walking underneath this is the view above,clusters of roses and flashes of sunshine,the air is cooler here which makes the hairs stand up on your neck after being out in the heat of the sun,you can smell the cool damp pathways below....


The little girl fountain with goldfish basking in the July sunshine....i often stay here a while,gazing and thinking...


Back out into the sun light clusters of rambling roses in pinks and soft whites and the perfume ahhhh....


Do you see the urn in the middle of the pathway under the arbor below? always something to draw the eye....i love the crazy paving pathways they remind  me of old embroidered table cloth paths...


 The old walls are covered in moss and grasses which softens it into the garden,everything blends into one big picture,look at that clematis so beautiful....


Huge blooms with old rose fragrance....cup them with your hands and smell that wonderful scent....


Delicious perfume  from sweetpeas and standard rose bushes covered in pink blooms...


Delphinium and hollyhocks and the towers in the background watching over the walled garden...



Cranberry roses that make you stay a while.....


Pretty pink roses rambling along side honeysuckle.....


You wouldn't know so much beauty was hiding behind this wisteria covered wall would you?


As we left with our French hollyhock and gravel crunching under foot,we talked about the beauty we had just seen and Steve listed plants he would like to grow in the gardens at Shingle Cottage......i listened as we strolled along but in my head i was day dreaming.....one day i would plant my very own romantic walled garden i thought with dreamy rambling roses...


I have a lot of work to do don't i ;)

Our roses have been delivered and we are planting up the new rose bed that Steve made on Easter weekend,i hope you are all well and enjoying your week.

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage?

XxX

20 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post! thank you for including me in it sweet Krissie! Spring is in the air and you have shared such wonderful inspirations. XO Christie

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    1. Thank you Christie :) Your welcome, you and romantic rose gardens go together don't you think,I love Spring it holds such promise,have a beautiful day xxx

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  2. I'm speechless! This is just gorgeous. Fabulous home, fairy garden, wonderful flowers. I' d like to play chess there!
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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    1. Hello Alessandra,it is a really beautiful place to visit and the walled garden does leave you speechless,enjoy your day xxx

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  3. Oh Krissie!!!
    Thank you so much for taking us on a stroll through this beautiful historical place! It was so nice to have you as a guide through such beautiful gardens! I hope on day to visit here, it is now on my ever expanding list of beautiful gardens to visit! Your country is so full of history and beauty and the gardens, oh the gardens!!! We are such a young country compared to yours that it is surreal to think you can visit a place that was built in the 1600's! French Hollyhocks!!! I had never heard of them til now! I cannot wait to see your new rose garden. The painting that Christie did for you and Steve is just so ethereal, so soft and beautiful just like Shingle Cottage! One day your cottage garden will look like a painting! Thanks again for sharing!

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    1. Hello Teri :) thank you for strolling the paths with us,you know when we read 1600's it is surreal for us too,to sit there and imagine what it must have been like,French hollyhocks or mallows they are known as,i had never heard of them either,they are such a lovely deep purple and look wonderful when the sun catches them...oh and you should see the inside of the house too it's really beautiful,well when you visit you will! the church there is so lovely too,i should post about the church.I adore the painting from Christie and thank you if i can make it look like a little corner of a walled garden i will be over the moon,Steve has been so kind and bought me so many climbers and rose shrubs,happy day to you my friend xxx

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  4. The garden is so beautiful. I really loved the wall garden and all the statuary, and the giant chess set. That's a beautiful painting that your friend made.

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    1. I am so happy you enjoyed the garden! thank you she is very talented xxx

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  5. I have never been anywhere like this. Its but a dream to me. Thank you so much for taking us along. I am inspired, so very inspired, to paint some of what you have seen here. Christie's painting is a treasure and looks just like it could have been in these gardens. How very blessed you are to know her. My nephews grew up in Fallbrook where she lives. How lovely that Beatrix was able to go with you. Here in California they do not allow dogs anywhere anymore...not even on the beaches. We have to sneak Bella because she loves the beach.

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    1. Hello Kerrie :) it is like a dream to me too! i am so happy you enjoyed the pictures and love that you inspired to paint! Yes Christie's painting would have been right at home,she is lovely friend...I am shocked that you can not take Bella with you,wow over here we can take them everywhere as long as they are on a leash,How lovely that you sneak Bella ;) xxxxx

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  6. The gardens are so beautiful. What gets me is that much of the plant material grows here, only with such style, grace, and ease. I have enjoyed my arm chair tour, a virtual mini vacation. Is there a tour for the inside of the house? Here we have a bit of a storm not really raging. It is hailing in April, if you can believe that. A wierd hail, large balls that are soft, bounce on the lawn and splat on the patio--huge soft snow balls are falling. Thanks so much for taking us along.

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    1. Hello Ann :) i thought you would enjoy the gardens,i sent you a link for the hall tour! we are having a cloudy day here i have just potted up four gypsophilia that i bought in town this morning,along with some lovely china and glassware,i hope you are having a better day weather wise xxxx

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  7. Oh my your post made me so happy...I love to garden...look at gardens...walk through gardens...daydream about gardens...and now I can see the most beautiful gardens on your blog! Thank you!!!

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    1. Good morning Victoria :) so happy you enjoyed the garden pictures,i love to garden too its so relaxing and good for the soul i think xxx

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  8. Such a great place. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Sadly, I can't help wondering how many million £ a year it costs to keep up. And how my misspent life doesn't leave me with a fat bank account so I can have a place like this on my side of the great pond!!!! Some of those flowers belong on my little patch.......

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    1. Hello Marje :) you are so welcome! happy you enjoyed the pictures...yes the upkeep must cost a lot of money but they charge to go into the house and gardens and also hold a lot of events through the year to raise money,it is still a family home believe it or not...oh yes if you ever have a big win we have a lot of old beautiful houses waiting to be renovated xxxx

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  9. Well you've done it again another beautiful tour of such a lovely garden! Can't wait to see your interpretation in your own sweet garden.
    Have a wonderful weekend coming up. XxxMary Anne

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    1. Hello Mary :) it's such a wonderful place i think you would really love it! so excited to be planting our roses this weekend and then wait for them to grow,have a beautiful weekend my friend xxx

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  10. What an amazing magical place. Wow... it's like a wonderland... Thanks for sharing it...

    Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy :) yes it is magical and your welcome xxx

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