Not only do my lovely neighbours open their garden for the St Helens Secret Gardens event which takes place every other year, but on their year off, rather than put their feet up, they open in aid of the Red Cross – and not once, but twice! I missed their opening in May and so was delighted to pop along this afternoon.
Castle House sits within a wonderful plot. Above the house is a superb walled garden (where I used to borrow a small plot to grow cut flowers) and below, wonderful views over Bembridge Harbour.
The drive is walled on both sides and both walls are generously covered in various climbers including Wisteria on the left
and Clematis Tangutica on the right.
From the drive, into the walled garden to admire the old greenhouse – with wonderful tomatoes and a vine
as well as the outdoor veg.
Since I gave up growing my cut flowers here (the last year was 2015) J and A have done a lot of work in the walled garden, building raised beds and planting more flowers and fewer veg.
I just love this horned poppy – it’s absolutely one of my favourite plants and is clearly thriving here.
And look at these fabulous Zinnias – these are rather more zingy than mine!
Out of the walled garden for a stroll past the house and down towards the southern boundary to capture the beautiful view.
Pictures I normally share of the Duver are taken from a rather more northerly and easterly position compared to these.
This first is looking east towards the Solent
the second, pretty much due south over Bembridge Harbour
and the third, looking slightly more westwards, inland towards Culver Down – you can see the Yarborough Monument on the sky line above the block of conifers towards the right of the photo.
And then it was back up the slope for tea and cake, and plant perusal time….
With thanks to J and A for generously opening their garden.