Ode to an English Garden

English Country Gardens

I wanted to create a post purely dedicated to the English Country Garden in early Summer. I’ve come to feel that it is one of the most delightful spectacles available. And while we might lament all this rain, its worth remembering, that without this rainy climate, our gardens wouldn’t look as wonderful.

Canal facing front garden in Bath.

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My Parents’ Oxfordshire Garden

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Bampton Village Open Garden Day

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Having no garden of our own currently, we have to live through others. But thankfully there are plenty of opportunities for this in Oxfordshire. There are wonderful national trust properties like Grey’s Court and Hidcote – see my previous post on this – Open Garden schemes, both village planned and with the National Open Garden scheme.

Which gardens would you recommend in the Oxfordshire area?

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Early Spring Flowers

What grows in early Spring?

It’s not too early to begin visiting England’s many Gardens, or indeed, making the most of your own. I think many people write off February as still being part of Winter, but there are actually many woodland flowers which will emerge in February, bringing colour and hope to any garden. Winter Aconites are among the first, and Snowdrops and Hellebore will soon follow along with cyclamen.

Hellebores are some of my favourite flowers, they come in a whole range of colours, but these below are by far the prettiest I’ve seen.

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And Cyclamen will add a splash of colour to carpet a shady area. They also come in delicate pinks and whites, but these ones really pack a punch.

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What do you have growing in your garden at this time of year?