A couple of weeks ago, Mr The Digger took some days off to spend with each of our daughters. So I had a day with each of them too, which very rarely happens.
Digger Jr had asked Mr The Digger to take her to one of those indoor playgrounds. The Littlest Digger is too small to argue so I made her go with me to Barnsdale Gardens (don’t worry, I bought her an ice cream).
Barnsdale is a collection of small-medium gardens which were begun by Geoff Hamilton for Gardeners’ World. The great thing about having loads of small gardens is that it’s easy to get inspiration for your own garden. But no, The Littlest Digger, that Gunnera is never going to fit in your little patch of garden. Sorry.
Here are some crappy photos in the wrong order for your enjoyment:
Modern Estate Garden. I want this honeysuckle. There’s a danger that I’m going to turn into a honeysuckle hoarder.
This awesome geranium was everywhere at Barnsdale.
Alstroemeria. I still haven’t got any because I’m rubbish at choosing.
I love this colour combination.
Children’s Garden. Predictably, The Littlest Digger loved this one.
Children’s Garden. Proof that you can have a beautiful garden that’s great fun for children.
I’m not a huge Wisteria fan, but I bet this looked awesome in flower.
Hostas. Hostas everywhere.
Formal Pool and Knot Garden. I love these statues, something a bit different than the usual armless Grecian goddess.
I am so going to do this with apple trees one day.
The Littlest Digger takes a break in the Artisan’s Cottage Garden. What is an Artisan anyway? I think it’s a bit like an anteater.
I can’t remember exactly what sort of tree this is. My mum would probably wave her hands vaguely and say ‘some sort of Prunus’. So I’ll go with that. As you can see, the bark is the star here.
Stream and Bog Garden. The Littlest Digger and I spent a while playing ‘we’ve got one of those in our garden’.
I might turn into a Clematis hoarder too.
The willow dome in The Children’s Garden.
Japanese Garden. It doesn’t do it for me, really, but here it is if that’s your sort of thing.
Sometimes I remember to note the name of a plant. This geranium is Russell Prichard and it’s beautiful.
Versailles, Barnsdale style. Guillotine just out of shot.
Mediterranean Garden. I neeeeed that Kniphofia.
Ponds everywhere. You can’t have a garden without a pond.
Hornbeam arbor in the Country Paradise Garden.
And also in the Country Paradise Garden is the nut walk made from hazel.
Town Paradise Garden. I think this was my favourite of all, which surprised me- it’s funny what sort of garden you fall in love with.
If someone told me I’d love a town courtyard garden with a lion head fountain, I’d be like NAH. But I did.
The pond in the Town Paradise Garden. GOTTA HAVE A POND.