One of the first gardens we visit each year is nearby Edge Villa who like us open for the NGS (National Garden Scheme) and are only a few miles away as the crow flies. However by road it takes about quarter of an hour as all the way there we follow narrow country lanes.
It is the garden of friends, Chris and Bill, and it is a good example of a country cottage style garden. It is very special in the spring. The drive side border is so welcoming with lots of interesting foliage working beautifully together. We were mightly impressed by the cloud pruned Euonymus.
After chatting to friends at the gate we had a quick look at the plant stall, which is always impressive (we bought three!), we continued to explore the many borders. The borders were mixed with shrubs and perennials, bulbs and the occasional tree.
At the lower end of the gently sloping garden the grass areas are interrupted with borders of bulbs – fritillaries and narcissi – and specimen trees including the most beautiful Acer griseum.
We were amazed to see a row of trained crab apples still with berries on. Why haven’t the birds eaten them all?
I enjoy spotting little cameos, found objects and simply interesting appealing items as we walk around gardens. Edge Hill had plenty to delight the camera!
I shall finish off with a collection of plant photos, which reflect the wide variety of plants grown at Edge Villa.
So there we have my report on our visit to a nearby garden belonging to friends. It won’t be long until we return no doubt.
2 replies on “Two NGS Gardens in one Weekend -Edge Villa, our neighbouring NGS garden”
My wild roses have greened up, survived the heavy wet spring snow (6″) on May 21st and STILL have the rosehips from last fall on them, that I left for the birds. Birds abound at my place, so I guess, perhaps they had better pickings last winter? Most of my neighbors have bird feeders, so I may not be ‘the best buffet’ on the block – shall see what happens if I’m blessed by chokecherries and currants this year! 😀
Beautiful garden tour, and I have never seen Euonymus trimmed up – fascinating.