Old Rectory, Kingston – still glorious!

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I’ve blogged about The Old Rectory Kingston previously here, but have absolutely no hesitation in also sharing today’s visit, two years later.

The gardens surround a beautiful stone rectory in the south of the Isle of Wight, and have been a work in progress for the current inhabitants since 2002.  Louise uses the stone to set off soft coloured planting near the house, with plenty of purple, pink, blue and white.IMG_4869

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In the walled garden there has been a move away from edibles to flowers for cutting, with an explosion of far bolder colour here.IMG_4874

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Above the house are two wildflower meadows.  A photo taken of one of them won a national NGS competition in 2017 – I blogged about it here when I went to the Garden Museum.   My photo isn’t in the same league, but it’s a stunning display, nonetheless.IMG_4853

Circling back down towards the house takes you past the formal rose areaIMG_4856

with more roses in the ‘Sunset’ border on the way to the potting shed.IMG_4858

Here I had definite potting shed envy, not only regarding these intriguing individual metal ‘pots’ (about 3 or 4cm across) on a metal tray

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but even more so these wonderful drawers.  Sadly you can’t ready the ‘key’ sitting on top, but each drawer is named (‘Salad Leaves’, ‘Hardy Annuals A-M’ ‘Perennials’ etc. ) to help locate the desired seed packet.  What a fabulous idea – I want one!IMG_4862

Back outside and I’m just going to share some of my favourite views and planting combinations.IMG_4885

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Wow!  Thanks Louise and Derek, and thanks too NGS for such a fundamentally brilliant idea.

5 thoughts on “Old Rectory, Kingston – still glorious!

  1. Sam

    What an amazing garden with glorious planting. I love the combination of the chard with poppies and cornflowers. Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your photos – they’re lovely. (We are opening our garden for our village garden safari in a couple of weeks and I am feeling rather panicked so I am going to stop looking at photos of other far lovelier gardens until after the event!)

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  2. Louise Ness

    Thank you Jenny, for your lovely blog post. it was great to see you both, and I am glad you enjoyed the garden. Beautiful photos too! Was so happy the rain held off….

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  3. Cathy

    So much to see and enjoy by the look of it – thanks for all your photos. Once our own openings are over I shall be booking our trip to the IoW and planning what gardens we can visit, but I don’t suppose this will be open again in Sept.

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