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Waun Fach

Waun Fach is bordered by thickets of willow which shroud the stream and our boundary on the far side – this field allows us to be a continuous part of the landscape. On the far side the wilderness sweeps up … Continue reading

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The Pond

Reflections in the water are more important to me here than floating plants, although the wildlings always sneak in. The water of the pond is for me about reflections of the surrounding countryside and the wild edges shelter wild life. … Continue reading

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The Cwm

I have tried to practice a light hand here succumbing only to some Dicksonia antarctica, Woodwardia and a few cultivated ferns amongst the natives, which are predominant.  Brambles are removed and that is all the cultivation that takes place. We … Continue reading

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The Beyond

 

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The Between

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Sheepfold

The honest truth? It all happened because of the impulse to build the low stone walls with surplus stone in the area. Maybe it should have more of them inside it?
 One of the great pleasures of gardening, of having … Continue reading

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Rickyard

In the early days this was a nursery garden for plants before they moved into the garden ‘proper’ and an overflow for vegetables. It took a lot of cultivating. Enormous quantities of stone to move which would have supported the … Continue reading

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Hopeful Wood

A mown cruciform path, mirroring the cruciform slate path in the Bog Garden, dissects this place in spring to mid-summer. The quarters are planted with Narcissus, Fritillaria meleagris and varieties of Camassia. We allow the grasses to grow and seed … Continue reading

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Nicky’s Field

Essentially a midsummer to winter garden. The beds here are each 4 x 8m laid out geometrically. Most of the grasses are cut down in March leaving the evergreen ones to be tended. Gradually they grow, many 6’ or more … Continue reading

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Library

Located at the Orchard end of the Long Barn, the Library has an extensive selection of books on gardens, gardening, plants, landscape and natural history. It also houses our collection of books on art and artists. The Library offers a tranquil … Continue reading

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Fernery & Camellia Walk

This used to be a hen house, but the roof had fallen in by the time I got here. One of the sons of the farm admitted to me that he stole his mothers eggs to sell for pocket money! … Continue reading

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David’s Wood

Sadly all the native Betula pendula succumbed to a virus – basically it is too wet for them here. I have seen others in the locality similarly afflicted. So in late 2012 they were felled. Happily Betula pubescens thrives as … Continue reading

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Courtyard

Thick with massive brambles, rubble and broken asbestos, it took a while to clear this space. Paths were predicated on the door of the Cottage and the Library with a broader sweep in front of the Long Barn. The most … Continue reading

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Bog Garden

The Bog Garden was made to try and ‘pull’ the garden out from its rocky habitat into the landscape beyond. The obelisk acts as a ‘fixing point’, it has varying circles up its length and distorts reflections very satisfyingly; except … Continue reading

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Front Garden

This is the only part of the garden that I deliberately designed – there being but a low concrete wall a few feet from the house when I arrived. I still had to allow occasional car, oil tanker access past … Continue reading

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Azalea Bank

My first encounter with this bank was as an impenetrable thicket of blackthorn and brambles, I had no idea there was ‘land’ above until told of it by the vendor, Peter Cianchi. I cut myself a path through to be … Continue reading

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The Quarry

Originally a working and parking area The Quarry was gradually planted with specimen trees and shrubs. The large coppiced Eucalypt I grew from seed and bought with me in 1994. As a seedling it is indeterminate and I have no … Continue reading

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The Entrance

   

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Kitchen Garden

I found this space packed with Japanese knotweed, ground elder and blackthorn. These were dealt with by a combination of digging out, glyphosate weed killer and patience. The whole garden, still thick with the roots of tall ash trees was … Continue reading

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Magic Garden

Here we are on the top of the bank, above the house, with views in all directions. It is in fact where the previous house was built and the remains of a 4’ wide wall can be seen at the … Continue reading

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