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.
In the walled garden there has been a move away from edibles to flowers for cutting, with an explosion of far bolder colour here.
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.
Circling back down towards the house takes you past the formal rose area
with more roses in the ‘Sunset’ border on the way to the potting shed.
Here I had definite potting shed envy, not only regarding these intriguing individual metal ‘pots’ (about 3 or 4cm across) on a metal tray
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!
Back outside and I’m just going to share some of my favourite views and planting combinations.
Wow! Thanks Louise and Derek, and thanks too NGS for such a fundamentally brilliant idea.