Just a few more shots overlooking sections of the garden.

Later, I will post some pictures showing parts of the house interior.

I don't know whether you have a "Garden Opening" event in your town, village or area, but if you haven't, it is a time when people allow fee paying people [by voluntary donations but with a minimum entry fee of a very modest amount - 2.50] into their gardens, and the money, with some defrayments paid into a replacement fund for damaged, and yes, even stolen  flora, donated to a local cause, usually a hospice. Well, in a summer gone by, we once raised just over 180.00 and that was from 1300 until 1800.

So just a few more pictures for you to browse.

Picture above is of part of the main house lower bay window [drawing room] out to the eastern boundary subtended by a large hedge of multi-mix trees [you can't see the hedge proper but look at the tree trunks to give you some idea of the height] at the base of which is the Calor Gas tank hidden behind a trellis work of two panels wide by one pane deep. The other side of the hedge is a private [unmade road] down which the Calor Gas delivery tanker would travel stopping at a pedestrian gate giving access to the tank filling valve. That sits on top of a bank [see stone steps at right leading up to an upper level of the garden leading to the old Victorian Well. On the bank is built the rockery with the waterfall. The whole house is pointed with red mastic, a Herculean and very costly job taking many many man hours to complete. On the right you can see the old Vinery with its French doors, which was pulled down to make way for the conservatory. The washing line was removed when we had visitors but not when the family were onboard! All areas of roadways  [drive]/garage forecourt and pedestrian walkways were in shingle. The front of house bedding areas were shingled from the cavity wall air vents outwards for eighteen inches and then deep boarded [eighteen inch boards] before being back-filled with a spit deep of quality soil one and a half spits across with another deep board to keep the shingle away from the growing area. Flowers or bulbs grew and flourish all year round.

This picture shows-off a typical species, this one a gladioli.


This looks down the shingled drive to the gates and roadway ahead at the bottom of a 1:15 grade. To your right is the fish pond and to the left is the croquet lawn. High in the trees is the three-phase AC overhead electrical connector. Three phase meant three positive connector and one neutral connector with the earth coming from the house itself. It was not uncommon that the Electricity Board would restore an outage by changing phases.  The roses were red, white, pin and lovingly tended, and I even had a Mountbatten yellow Rose - several of them! Note that the garden is chiseled out of a dense forestation.

This picture shows tier two of the garden to the west of the main drive, namely the pond patio.  Difficult to differentiate between soil planted plants and aqua-planted plants plus the amount of pot-planted plants, for it is a wonderful preponderance of beautiful flowering flora. At this point, the lower end of the English laurel border was approximately 15 foot tall.

Back to one of my beautiful Bragansia's, grown outdoors, mixed in with a five meter long fuchsia border. 

Begonias, everybody's favourite mixed in with an underscore of silver coloured supporting foliage.

The fish pond in the winter months. The fountain is kept running but with much maintenance. The fish need oxygen to survive although their feed programme is on hold until the early spring months. This pond is twenty foot long by ten foot wide and at the position of the fountain pump, four foot deep. The pump is maintained using the recycling system {filtration, chemicals and defoliation] hidden inside the box you see at the top left hand side of the steps. The gazebo and the English laurel hedge is prominent. The steps lead to the top tier which is a lawned area supported by flowering shrubs which collectively surround the tank top for the septic tank system. Removal lorries come up the drive and "suck" from the garage forecourt above on the down slope from the garage block. On average, their contract sees them on site every six to eight weeks.


In this picture, we are looking at the top step [of four] down from tier one to tier two [the fish pond patio]. Note the many pots standing on the patio's [this and others too] which enhance the overall look of the garden although it adds to the work load of keeping everything alive and well:  pots require more watering than do soil planted and aqua planted plants, so they are luxury. Hanging baskets/plants were not even considered!

This quite stunning picture overooks the drive looking from west to east with the large black-power-coated galvanized  electric security gates visible at the bottom of the drive seen right middle distance, with main road outboard. In this picture and part of the quarter of a mile contract hedge cutting contract, you can see a Thuja edge at the end of the lawn which is fifteen foot tall and two foot deep, and running down the edge of the lawn parallel to the driveway, is the same Thuja, but now kept to twenty inches tall and fifteen inches deep, both cut with great precision. In the far corner of the croquet lawn you can see the build-over for the Victoria well which was one hundred percent serviceable, pumped and illuminated, often used with a tri-head watering rotating system for the croquet lawn.   Again, manifest is the deep forestation around every level and aspect of the garden. The dead-heading alone, not even considering the lawn cutting [over and above the hedge cutting] was a demanding task. One gardener drawing wages for a five day week plus all his requirements [running almost to an open credit card at the local garden centre] was enough in itself throughout the year, but come the autumn and the spring when most of the ground maintenance was undertaken [spiking, rotorvating, lawn sanding, chemical treatments to combat weeds and pervading undergrowth, was a hype not welcomed at the time of spend, but was for the throughput, namely the lovely gardens from Easter to late September.