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Blenheim House, an NGS treat

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Blenheim House, in Ryde on the north east coast of the Isle of Wight, opened this weekend under the National Gardens Scheme, and what a treat!  After the disappointment of Hampton Court, it was fabulous to restore my garden visiting mojo so quickly and emphatically. The garden is relatively small for the NGS at 116ft x 30ft, but there was plenty to discover and much to admire.

The site slopes away from the house with the views from the top terrace (above and below) towards Portsmouth.

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From here a twisting red brick path meanders down through the lawnless site but clever planting ensures the end of the garden is obscured, encouraging discovery.IMG_1219

The planting is lush and exotic, with a number of magnificent tree ferns.IMG_1221

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On the right hand side was the best display of Dierama I’ve ever seen,IMG_1226IMG_1235

and on the left, a spectacular display of potted succulents.IMG_1225IMG_1233

There were some lovely planting combinations.  IMG_1229

I love the dark strappy leaves below, anyone any clues?  It looked a little like a Phormium but the leaves were too fleshy.IMG_1223

Here it is again.

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I liked the way the problem of a ‘flopping’ Sisyrinchium was solved by planting it behind a bench by the pond.IMG_1230

So thank you Maggie and David, for generously opening your garden, it was fabulous.
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