Orchard House was open for the second time in its first year as a Yellow Book garden, and is special because it fits so much into such a small space. It is an excellent example of fitting lots of interesting plants and features within an effective design. The design encourages you to wander, to make decisions and stop to admire views and cameos.
The day of our visit dawned wet – very wet. As we arrived at the garden it was pouring with rain, so we waited in the shelter of the car for some respite. However after ten minutes there was no sign of the downpour giving over so we donned waterproofs and defied it.
At the cottage off a narrow lane there was no sign that a garden awaited us. The houses fronted straight onto the lane, with no front garden at all. But we knew we were in for a treat as this little welcoming cameo greeted us alongside the entrance to a narrow pathway leading around the back of the cottages.
We were not to be disappointed for as we turned the corner we were greeted by colour and richness of planting, dotted with little features to draw the eye.
This little garden gem in a village in Leicestershire proves that it is not the size of the garden that matters. It is the size of the gardener’s heart and imagination. One aspect of this gardener’s character is his sense of humour shown by the sign on the gate to his composting area.