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Just back from the Bakewell Secret Gardens afternoon and am still thinking about one garden in the town centre.

The whole space was only about 20 feet square and had 7 foot high limestone walls all round. On the south-facing wall was a hydrangea aspera Villosa and running through it was a clematis viticella Mary Rose and a clematis flammula.

That, essentially, was the entire garden. The effect was stunningly pretty. And for anyone who wants a large shrub with lilac/mauve flowers that are covered in bees, you could hardly do better. The clematis flammula lent a wonderful perfume, which was held in by the high walls.

Sorry, I'm starting to sound like Carol Klein.

Shurrup, Waterbutts.

nutcutlet

No problem. CK is enthusiastic, enthusiasm is good.

sounds a lovely space. were the gardens good as group

They are a complete mix. Some ancient cottages with tiny cottage gardens filled with veg and flowers, some 1960 bungalows with vast lawns with nothing but a neat 3 foot border round the edge, some wild and left to themselves, some designed by proper designers and very modern. All of them hidden from view normally.

We are on the cusp between limestone and sandstone. One garden was lime on one side and sandstone on the other. 

The scheme has been going for years but people who reckon that they know everything there is to know about Bakewell still find surprises and unknown gardens.

nutcutlet

sounds lovely. I enjoy a good village/town garden opening

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