Monthly Archives: October 2016

West Green House

Front garden with apple trees - Malus domestica - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Front garden with apple trees – Malus domestica – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

House and gardens owned by renowned Australian garden writer, Marylyn Abbott. West Green House has a series of garden rooms surrounding the charming 18th century house.

Malus domestica trained to create arch - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Malus domestica trained to create arch – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Many original features including a potager within a walled garden, a woodland glade, Persian water garden, a lake, a topiary garden and a moongate leading to a water staircase.

Vegetable garden in November - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Vegetable garden in November – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

In November there is still a lot of late autumn colour. Lovely crab apples and Ilex berries, huge Morus alba on lawn. Masses of apple trees in front and back garden, trained apple trees on arches. There is beautiful autumn colour in woodland, fiery acers in Chinese peony garden. Huge greenhouse with grapes and a Christmas fair takes place here every year in November.

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Il Etait Une Fois

White wooden arbour with trellis fence in front garden in autumn. Plantings include globe shaped cedar 'Thuja occidentalis' trees and an artist's workshop. Il Etait Une Fois garden, Monteregie, Quebec, Canada - © Perry Mastrovito/GAP Photos

White wooden arbour with trellis fence in front garden in autumn. Plantings include globe shaped cedar ‘Thuja occidentalis’ trees and an artist’s workshop. Il Etait Une Fois garden, Monteregie, Quebec, Canada – © Perry Mastrovito/GAP Photos

Structures such as arbours, a pergola, columns, a pool fountain and sculptures all made by the owner, define the architecture of this ambience garden.

Raised gravel bed with gourd-shaped water fountain and brown metal lattice garden bench with pink hydrangeas paniculata 'Quick Fire' framed by tall (Miscanthus sinensis 'Berlin', ornamental grasses in backyard garden in autumn. Il Etait Une Fois garden, Monteregie, Quebec, Canada - © Perry Mastrovito/GAP Photos

Raised gravel bed with gourd-shaped water fountain and brown metal lattice garden bench with pink hydrangeas paniculata ‘Quick Fire’ framed by tall (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Berlin’, ornamental grasses in backyard garden in autumn. Il Etait Une Fois garden, Monteregie, Quebec, Canada – © Perry Mastrovito/GAP Photos

The central aisle with its gourd shaped water fountain is the centrepiece of the garden. By its straight lines, it refers to the French style, while the rest of the garden is rather English. The integration of the plants was designed in order to showcase the structures, to preserve the space, enjoy the beautiful views and create an atmosphere of calm and serenity.

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Goltho Gardens

Vegetable Garden gate, from the Pond Border - © Lee Beel/GAP Photos

Vegetable Garden gate, from the Pond Border – © Lee Beel/GAP Photos

A family-run 4.5 acre garden with year-round interest. Goltho House and grounds were purchased in 1997 in a virtually derelict condition.

It took 18 months to make the house habitable. The garden was started in 1998, when it was a ploughed field. Goltho Gardens was dubbed “one of the great gardens of the future” – Sue Hoy, Lincolnshire Life. The garden boasts ponds and a long grass walk flanked by abundantly-planted borders, from which, a network of paths meander. The nut walk, David Austin rose garden and wildflower meadow are at their best in spring and early summer. A prairie border and an autumn garden provide late summer and autumnal interest, along with an impressive display of cyclamen. The potager provides the teashop with herbs and vegetables. Many of the plants are propagated on site and can be purchased in the nursery.

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