With Winchester and its medieval cathedral at its heart, Hampshire is a large county south-west of London. Of its attractions, Highclere Castle, home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and the filming location of Downton Abbey, draws the crowds, but there is much more to this enchanting region besides.
Jane Austen was born in Steventon and later lived with her mother and sisters in the mild countryside of Chawton. At Chawton House find the Walled Garden, built by her brother Edward, with a herb garden inspired by Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the USA. Jane spent the last eight years of her life at nearby Chawton Cottage, now a museum known as Jane Austen’s House.
Hampshire’s gentle valleys and historic villages are made to be explored. Jane loved walking in these parts, as did poet Edward Thomas and Flora Thompson, author of Lark Rise to Candleford. Gilbert White wrote The Natural History of Selborne, which set the standard for natural history writing. Discover his life and those of explorers Laurence and Frank Oates at Gilbert White’s House and Gardens.
Rose lovers will delight in Mottisfont, west of Winchester. Here, from June until early autumn, the collection of pre-1900 roses assembled by Graham Stuart Thomas blooms in the Walled Garden.
While it’s known for its summer roses, Mottisfont’s winter garden is also well worth a vist in the colder months. Covering just over an acre, the design is inspired by the font in the abbey. The paths flow round like ripples, and lines of plants like streams. Staples include coloured stems (dogwoods, willows, birch and rubus), scent (mahonia, daphnes and viburnums), berries (skimmias and hollies) and evergreens (hollies).
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There are many mint varieties famous for their refreshing taste. These different Types of Mint offer a diverse range of flavors and scents, making them a fascinating subject of exploration. In this article, you will delve into the captivating world of many forms of this amazing herb.
Multiseason Garden Bed with Hesse Cotoneaster Get fall garden interest that lasts into winter with this easy-care plant combination featuring a Hesse cotoneaster shrub. Fall into winter with multiseason plants
Today we’re visiting with Rachel, a gardener and artist living in Elgin, Illinois (Zone 5b). She moved in 2022 to 1.5 acres and is in the process of designing and planting a fabulous front garden. She’s also diving into forest restoration for the back half-acre—making it beautiful for wildlife and her kiddos.
MY, HOW TIMES have changed. That’s what I keep thinking, looking around my own garden in recent years. I’ve been struck by the same thought over and over as I read “The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year,” the latest book by Margaret Renkl (illustrated with gorgeous collages by her brother, Billy Renkl, like the one above), which takes us through a year in her garden 1,000 miles to the south of mine in Nashville.
A few weeks ago, frequent GPOD contributor Cherry Ong took us along on her visit to Bellevue Botanical Garden in Bellevue, Washington (GPOD on the Road: Bellevue Botanical Garden) but she sent too many photos to share that day, so we’re going back today to see some more of the beautiful images of this inspiring public garden.
Several times a year a visitor to our garden is shocked to find a rogue steak knife pierced downward in one of the beds, as if it were an escapee from our kitchen knife block. I’m always quick to tell them that it’s indeed where I meant to place it, and that I haven’t found any tool as great as a serrated knife when it comes to removing grass or root systems. It’s perfect for edging small areas or pulling up entire sheets of grass; all I have to do is start on one side and pull up as I carefully saw back and forth. It can be a cheap purchase from a thrift store—or in my case, the way I finally convinced my husband that we needed a new set of kitchen knives.
Moss campion plant (Silene acaulis) is a rock garden plant native to the Arctic tundra and high mountains of Europe and North America. In the U.S., it is confined to the Western mountains and New England, particularly Maine and New Hampshire. Its mat-forming, evergreen foliage is found tucked away in elevations too high for trees to grow, with harsh winters and short summers. While it cannot survive in the shade, it prefers moist soil.
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