Doesn’t 1 Elm Cottage at Windmill Hill, just seem like the perfect place to live? It does to me! It just rolls off the tongue, ”I live at 1 Elm Cottage at Windmill Hill!” This is our last garden for the day in East Sussex. What a delight the gardens have been on the Herstmonceux Trail! They have all been very different and 1 Elm Cottage was no exception!
The garden was chosen because this gardener has physical handicaps and she wanted to show what can be done with a little space and ingenuity! She says her long-handled fork is her best friend! What a delight she was, as she welcomed everyone to her lovely garden!
The garden is set at the front of a long row of connected cottages on a very, very busy street. Her cottage sits back from the others, but is still a connected cottage and I wondered if at one time this might have been a business with a parking lot. It was unusual too, because we didn’t see that many gardens in the front of the cottage on the tours. Most of the gardens are in the back. She said the front space was a wasteland when she took it over. It now is a stunning garden packed full of edible and flowering plants and a critter or two that I really liked! So let’s get a move on and tour this garden!
My favorite was her fake snakes! But, they looked real!
She had a little pond too! This garden had everything you would want!
There was an entire village of gardeners that wanted this garden to be on the NGS Tour. I think a lot of her gardening friends pulled together to make this happen and she was thrilled!
PS, I later learned, when a fellow gardener explained to me, that these rows of cottages were at one time part of a barracks complex and small military hospital during WWII. That makes them even more interesting to me!
I know, there were 7 photos today, but I had to include a photo of this little lady! And the other photos were too good to leave out!
I hope you have enjoyed the garden at 1 Elm Cottage!
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!