I've been meaning to share some pictures of a favourite local place of mine, but the last few times I've visited it's been "closed for maintenance". Anyway, on the way to the wool shop today (yes another blanket is at the planning stage!) I popped in to the Walled Garden in Basingstoke and thought you might like to have a peek.
The garden used to belong to Down Grange House that was long ago turned into a restaurant and the land surrounding it is now a sports ground, but this little oasis was saved and is now owned and maintained by the local council.
As you enter through the gates there are areas of grass and the old croquet lawn that is now sometimes used for marquees for events like flower shows and weddings.
There's a wildlife pond that's great for pond dipping.
To one side there are long herbaceous borders and a pretty little sunken area currently filled with aquilegias.
Views through the beautiful gate to Down Grange House
Lovely old walls that used to be covered with greenhouses.
But the best bit, for me, is the allotment area. I'm not sure what happens to the produce, perhaps it's used in the council's restaurant! but some of it appears in the flower and veg show. I hope it's on again this year as I can't find any reference to one last year. It looks like they've been busy with new wooden edging and netting supports. I love the idea of covering the whole area with netting. No more pigeon bother!
Sorry, I didn't realise I'd taken so many photos!
Now back to my own garden. Everything is planted out now, just the tomatoes to do in the greenhouse, then I can relax a bit and get back to some crafting :)