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  Yes, brings back plesant memories of my jollies. Will be booking flights again soon for September.


Here are some pics of gardens we visited in Cornwall - Eden, Trebah and Hidden Valley (which took some finding!)






 If anyone knows what these above are please could you let me know


 All these we entered using the GW 2 for 1 card. Especially worth it for Eden

The lsat garden is just around an ordinary house - a gardeners garden


No they were very small and in a wild flower area - sorry picture isn't very clear - a little like very tiny antirrihnums but not - hope that makes sense

Thanks for answering



trying to bump this one up - getting squashed tomato fot it!


Found out the little flowers I like are Toadflax.

Yesterday visited Hidcote. Came home with loads of ideas, only managed to buy one plant though but they do have a brilliant GC







Verdun - it's the 2nd to last pic. I have that yellow flower, scabious waiting to go in and  white feverfew - not sure what the white flower was but it was similar. It was humming with bees and butterflies. With not too much effort - dig up some lawn and cut back the huge lilac (it won't miss them) I could easily make a copy of border.. The yellow flower is already planted and can't be moved again as since its last move (it has had several) it is not looking happy. Also the area is a bit of a dead area at the moment, can easily extend it across as well i'm thinking, and I love tall yellow Mullein (verbascum)

Bought one in Cornwall ready for planting as well- a bombowhatsit!


It is also the fact that the perennial areas are tall, not layered so you can be in them and not be seen , love the look of it but haven't the flowering succession right for that yet. 

With the nicotiana I have at present (temporary) I get that effect and want to do it in a more permanent way


Matty, I think those little plants might be annual linarias


These are from Bramdean House. An NGS garden. Beautiful borders but to me somehow seemed to lack soul.

Sorry about quality of pictures 

 Don't have camera these were taken with ipod.

My friend standing next to a Brugmansia aka Datura

 A view down through their famous mirror borders to the house.

 Same again. Sorry bit dark

  Look at the size of the plants!!!!

 A really pretty little double geranium. Anyone know the name?

  Beautiful Clematis, so many flowers.

Loved the colour of this Hemerocallis

 Anyone know what it is? Slugs certainly liked the leaves.






These are from Hampton Court Castle and Gardens. The original one built in 1434. Well worth a visit. Grand, beautiful and plenty of soul

The grand entrance with the castle in the background

How pretty are these for runnerbeans?! And Hi 

 thats me.


 A riot of colour

The view from one end.....


To the other


You had to find your way through to the castle folly in the middle


You go inside down through a tunnel and come out to this!


Then to get to the sunken garden you have to go behind this!


 You come out here 

 And sit on a bench here and admire the view 


  Will load some more later have to go 


Thank you for the lovely photos. Sounds exciting getting to the sunken garden. You look young and slim.


Lovely pictures !

Got a bit confused at first, as I have been to Hampton Court Palace many times, and thought there must be whole swathes that I had somehow missed.  However, google has now taught me that Hampton Court Castle is a completely different place in a completely different part of the country !!  Geography lesson concluded for the day


I had forgotten about the waterfall and the sunken garden. I knew I loved the place. Think I will have to go back to refresh my memory.


YAY another trip out with lunch 

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Thank you for the lovely photos. Sounds exciting getting to the sunken garden. You look young and slim.

Thanks Busy  Have to admit to being a little less than 27  and the gardening work keeps me slim. The other lady in the photos of HC is my friend that I co-managed an independent nursery with many years ago so she is as plant mad as me lol


Chicky I didn't know either 

Matty not surprised you love it. It really is a gem.

Have been to both Trebah and Eden but not Hidden Valley. Where abouts in Cornwall is it? Will have to go find it next time at mums.



Hidden Valley is in the 2 for 1 book. It is North of Fowey off the B3269. It is signposted but is also well 'hidden'

really liked it - not a professional garden.


Hidden Valley was one of my favourites too. No imposing stately home, but a real gardener's garden with plants for all seasons. Tiny lanes leading to it.


Due a visit to Cornwall soon so will see if I can find it. 


Right where did I get to....

Beautiful herbacious borders

Full of fragrant...ish giant lillies



Tall yellow things...can't remember name butterflies loved it


Achillea and Eryngiums

And even bigger and this time smelly giant lillies


And from there you went through a Wisteria tunnel


 Out into the open grassy bit 


Where there was a big tree 

With a little tiny door

Time for tea and cake...rather grand cafe!


Then wondered off down a woodland path and found these to play on

This to paddle in...but don't tell...





And lots of other lovely things I haven't posted. Got to leave you something to find for yourselves!