I have been to many, many, many English gardens. Oh, I miss them! Some were part of the National Trust and some of them were with The National Garden Scheme……..we loved them all……but one year, I came upon a garden with a Potting Shed to stay in……It was booked to the gills for that year, so I put in my dibs for the next year and we got it! We had no idea how this would turn out….. I can say this garden, for us, was the best garden ever. It was magical, it was beautiful and the weather was perfect!
Here is a look at our Potting Shed in the garden…….quite the shed wouldn’t you say?
And, this is just one of the spots to sit and eat or have a drink in the evening and just soak it all in…….The garden surrounding the Shed, was acre after acre of beautiful plantings and artwork. You found something new at every turn…..and path…….
Everyday, we woke to some goody left for us in the Shed! Fresh lettuce just picked, homemade jam, fresh eggs from their chickens, cheese and wine, just one day of goodies here! Fresh flowers were picked everyday and placed in the kitchen…….. I wanted to stay here forever!
There were many cottage-style settings in the gardens, where you could sit a spell and watch the world go by! It was like an Alice in Wonderland Adventure! Where would the path take you next?
There were flower gardens, topiary gardens and vegetable gardens too……Take your pick, it felt like the Garden of Eden. There were chickens and donkeys and box turtles too….. Oh, and a lovely quiet dog!
And the lovely gardener couple, who owned the property lived there too. Being invited into their home was like stepping into another world…the old wood stove to cook on, the wooden shelves lined with jams and jellies, the creaky floors, the open fireplaces to heat every room…… The odd piece of furniture, placed just so and tiny, tiny windows……..that swung out on old hinges…….The Perfect, Perfect Garden !
PS More insight on these two! This property was part of a large estate at one time. When the owners passed the children wanted the property sold, so each could have their money. Now, this gardening fellow had worked as a gardener here since a young lad. He lived in the old, old, old gardener’s cottage, after he finally became the head gardener. Bachelor he was……… When the estate was put up for sale he bought 5 acres of it, including the original gardener’s cottage, the potting shed, the topiary gardens, and the vegetable gardens.
A new teacher moved to the village and her thing was donkeys, because her father had given her one at a very young age and she loved them. Where she went the donkeys went. The gardener and the teacher were properly introduced to each other and decided to marry. They said they were just about the only single folks left in the village, so why not? And he liked donkeys too! So, she moved in and brought the donkeys…… For wedding gifts they asked their friends to give them big rocks, so they could build a pond on the property. How can you not just love these two?
They still live in that tiny gardener’s cottage and I don’t think anything has ever been updated in there since time began……..it was wonderful! The Potting Shed has been updated with a very new and modern kitchen, a small, small bathroom and a living area on the bottom floor. In the loft, that you reach by going up Paddle steps, is the bedroom ,which is slanted just like the ceiling. You can stand up full height in the middle, in the corners not so much!
I hope you have enjoyed my SOS for this week!
The instructions for SOS are easy. The photos can be flowers, vegetables, a garden design, whatever, as long as it’s garden related and posted on Saturday! So, its six photos. Of Gardens. On Saturday. Easy Peasy. To see all the SOS’s look at SIX ON SATURDAY, hosted by the Propagator, to check out all of them each Saturday! See you next week!