Yesterday, despite the weather, I decided to visit The Vyne, a local National Trust property. I haven't been for years, isn't it always the way when things are on your doorstep!, but there was an art exhibition by The Society of Floral Painters and it seemed a shame to miss it ( last day today). Anyway, the art was wonderful, though no photos were allowed, but I took dozens of the gardens and house and managed to whittle them down a bit.
The best bit for me is the Walled Garden. This has recently been restored and is run by a team including volunteers and members of the charity Thrive that uses horticultural therapy to help people with disabilities. A great idea.
The whole garden has a relaxed friendly feel. Not overly "designed", with plenty of grass for families to relax on.
In one corner is a lovely chicken run with some happy looking Cotswold Black Tail hens.
We used to have the same ark and although they look nice I think it's a bad design if you have a dodgy back like me. The whole other side lifts off for cleaning, but because of the shape you have to bend over while lifting, and it's not that light. Just a tip in case you're looking for one.
Wonderful woven willow hen.
The beautiful glasshouse has been restored with the help of donations and plant sales and is home to a huge collection of pelargoniums and exotics. Heaven!
Not far from the Walled Garden is the 17th century summerhouse. Originally used as a banqueting house in the early 1600s where guest would have enjoyed the final course of the meal while admiring the gardens. In the 1700s it became a place to take tea and finally in the 1800s it was adapted to become a pigeon loft, providing the household with eggs and meat.
Now missing it's 1st floor and quite spooky, but think of all the gossip that must have gone on in here!
I'll leave the rest of the gardens and house for the next post.
Bye for now.