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Although I take millions (or billions?) of pictures of my dog, Henry, I very rarely share any of those here. So something absolutely personal here although very much linked to everything I photograph anyway. This is our favourite walk. Well, mine for sure but then I think he loves it too. So this is how it looks ..
Part of the NGS Open Gardens, Bradenham Manor was open for the last time today before many parts of the gardens undergo restoration. I didn’t know this when I decided to visit so I was even happier to have gone and taken my camera too. Built in 1655, Bradenham Manor overlooks the National Trust village of Bradenham with stunning views across the Chilterns. It was gifted to the National Trust in 1956 but it wasn’t until 2000 that work began on a full scale restoration of the gardens. The garden is currently maintained by an accountancy firm, tenants of the Manor. The greenhouse wasn’t safe to visit so I hope that will be one of the first things restored in the garden.
It’s almost two weeks ago but feels like yesterday that I went to Italy to photograph a garden. The trip turned out to be almost like a holiday with beautiful places and wonderful people. We spent two nights in the magical hill town of Sermoneta in the province of Latina. I cannot wait to return to Italy for more, more, more.
I must say, the Lake District has never been on my bucket list, funny isn’t it? I have seen so many photos of it but I never felt the desire of wanting to see it in real life (nothing like what I feel when I think about Sissinghurst, which I can’t wait to visit). But, I must also say that Beatrix Potter’s
house museum and garden have always been on that list. Last year, when we went up to Scotland for Easter, it was March, and stopped at the Lakes, there was not much greenery around the garden. So we decided – as Easter was almost a month later this year – to take the same route and find out if the garden would show us more this time. Well, it did, let’s say that. But I know I will have to go back there in Summer and Autumn too. And I can’t wait to see the Lake District in Autumn, I can confidently say that now, as this must be one of the most beautiful corners of the world, it should be on everybody’s list!
So as promised earlier, here are some more photos of the Propagation Masterclass I did at the end of March at Green and Gorgeous. The class was both informative and practical, and those who came were all flower lovers so we did have a great time together. Although I have a good basic knowledge of how to grow flowers from seeds or take dahlia cuttings, my confidence needed this class a lot. I learnt so much about flowers, compost, greenhouses, taking and storing seeds over winter, oh and much more. Upon arrival, we had a coffee by the fire in the flower studio..
Jesse, the beautiful whippet
We were all given these seed trays that we later filled with all things nice! These tin boxes containted packets of seeds that we brought home and could continue sowing seeds at home – this is a never ending story.
The team learning from Rachel. And we got a little assistant as well!
Coffee and cookies, oh my they were delicious! Sadly I didn’t take any pictures of our lunch, only because I just couldn’t put my fork and knife down!
Ashley talked about direct sowing
The seeds I sowed there are doing great at home too although not as neatly sown as at GG. I’m absolutely fascinated by the seed of the Scabiosa Stellata “Ping Pong” and how the seedling comes alive from that dry seed.
Scabiosa Stellata “Ping Pong”
I cannot wait to see all these beauties being planted out, cover the garden and flower!
If you’re interested in the class, there’s another one coming up in August and that is the perfect time for sowing seeds like Ammi Majus or Orlaya Grandiflora (my forever favourites), ah, too late for me now but I’ll just think back to this class when I sow my Autumn seeds. And when I collect them. And when I divide perennials. Oh and the dahlia cuttings, it really is not the most difficult thing in the world, as I always thought.
Yesterday, I took part in a propagation masterclass at Green and Gorgeous. I learnt a lot and I’ll share it with you in more details soon. Ah yes, and I also took some photographs.
I love growing from seeds. I just love seeing how a plant develops from a tiny seed, almost effortless, just like that, from one day to another. Well, it’s not always that easy so I was very excited when Rachel, at Green and Gorgeous, offered a new class in her training calendar, the Propagation Masterclass. I can’t wait to learn from her and know more about this beautiful art of growing your flowers from seeds. And I can’t wait to see what grows in her garden this year. I’ll definitely show you, stay tuned.
Reminded me of our little village in a way. Very quiet with – what it seemed – very friendly people. This is a place where I could move in a second, without hesitation.
There is so much to see, to admire, to contemplate in the pretty village of Blockley, in the Cotswolds. Beautiful location, quiet streets and wonderful gardens. I can’t wait to go back later in May for more greenery.