The Drop

Yesterday, in an isolated car park, large black sacks with sinister contents were being transferred from one car boot to another…what was going on?

Don’t worry, it was nothing untoward or clandestine – just me off-loading unwanted ferns from my rockery rebuild to blogging friend Dorris. We had arranged a rendezvous about half way between us – which of course had to be a garden – and were duly thrilled with the chosen location, Broughton Grange Garden near Banbury. Both house and garden had undergone extensive renovation since 1992 but the main attraction followed the commissioning of six times Chelsea gold medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith to reclaim a six acre field for further development of the garden. The result was a stunning terraced walled garden with surrounding planting and paddock, and although the garden has many other delights including an expanding arboretum and wildflower meadow, stumpery and peat wall garden, the walled garden was undoubtedly the highlight.

We spent nearly three hours there exploring the garden as well as making each other’s acquaintance and the time flew past before we had to part company and head home in opposite directions. It is always a pleasure to meet other bloggers and experience the blogging friendship in a different dimension and we shared a most enjoyable day together, as well as sparing the ferns the ignominy of being consigned to our green waste collection – thank you Dorris!

I have to confess that talking got in the way of photographs much of the time, but do take a look at the slideshow below to get a flavour of some of the attractions that we enjoyed yesterday:

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22 Responses to The Drop

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Great lead-in, Cathy! Meeting other garden blogging buddies is great, sharing plants even better. Your garden of choice is beautiful. I particularly love the children’s play area and the wavy hedge parterre – now that’s thinking outside of the box! 😉

    • Cathy says:

      The ‘wavy hedge parterre’ was indeed stunning – it has tulips in it earlier in the year and the planting and replanting will be a mammoth task

  2. Christina says:

    Another garden for the list I think Cathy. Like Eliza I liked the wavy Box and especially the tunnel of folliage, I couldn’t work out what it was, did you make a note by any chance.

    • Cathy says:

      The wavy box parterre was brilliant and interestingly the outermost edging was actually sarcococca and not box (you can see it under the pleached limes in one of the photos). Looking at the leaflet we picked up I realise that there is another section of this tunnel that is laburnum although we didn’t walk through it and it wouldn’t ahve been flowering. We looked at the structure of this one as we walked through rather than the leaves but we noted beech and lime elsewhere, so perhaps this one was beech too. Some of the trees had been lopped to allow the side branches to bemd over the framework whereas others had the main stem bent.

    • Cathy says:

      It was indeed beech here Christina

  3. Such fun meeting up with fellow bloggers. This garden is grand. I love the stump garden part. The stumps look like sculptures. What a play area for the children.

  4. Brian Skeys says:

    This garden has been on my wish list for some time, we managed to visit this year, brilliant garden.

    • Cathy says:

      There are so many lovely gardens to visit, aren’t there’ and some not as widely known as others – a bit of more detailed investigating can throw up some real gems. I would love to go here again and its not too far away

  5. Pauline says:

    The garden looks stunning and I have serious envy of the stump garden! Lucky friend to receive your ferns, you know they have gone to a good home!

  6. Chloris says:

    What a treat, I would love to visit this garden, it looks beautiful and it must have been lovely to meet Dorris. I love the wavy hedge too and the stumpery.

    • Cathy says:

      The ‘wavy edge’ of the parterre is the magnified cell structure of the leaves of the lime, ash and oak trees that surround it – it works so well, doesn’t it? Such inspiration..

  7. Steve says:

    I agree, a fantastic garden. Have been there many times at different times of year and there is always something to delight about.

    • Cathy says:

      Do you live fairly near? It was about an hour and a quarter for both of us which is still an acceptable distance for a garden visit – I would certainly love to go at a different time of year too, especially spring

  8. Steve says:

    We live about about an hour and a quarter away too. Go when the tulips are out in April. It looks good then.

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