An Inspiring Cottage Garden

For the first time since moving to Plealey nineteen years ago we managed to follow the Pontesbury Garden Trail for the first time. Pontesbury is the nearest village to us a few miles away.

The problem was that there were far too many gardens open for the short time available. We had an afternoon to try to visit 16 gardens some a half mile uphill walk away. We managed just six!

We shall look at some of these in my next post but first we want to share our favourite garden by far with you. It was created around what we discovered after talking with the owners/gardeners to be a row of 0ne-up one-down cottages which was now just one dwelling. The garden was a cottage garden full of delights and magical moments.

The husband of the two gardener team was the ideas man and also created sculpture from anything that took his fancy that he could manipulate or carve.

The beauty of sculpture in the garden is that the garden enhances the sculpture and the sculpture in turn enhances the garden. In this garden the planting was thoughtfully put together and long views and vistas helped visitors to enjoy the colourful borders.

This was by far our favourite garden we discovered on the Pontesbury Gardens Open Day so I have given it a post all to itself. In my next post I shall feature a couple of photos of each of the other gardens we managed to visit.

By greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.

3 replies on “An Inspiring Cottage Garden”

Can you explain the ‘one up, one down’ label? Looking at the pictures, it looks as if the lower level is partially submerged in ground, perhaps a hill on one side? but both sides are accessible from ground level, dependent upon what side one approaches cottage from? I ask, because there is a wonderful old barn, not far from me, nestled into a ‘rolling hill’ on the plains (a ‘wrinkle’ in the earth, which I view and think, caused by expanding/receding glaciation ever so long ago!) but on east side – the lower level opens up to pasture front and has entry ways for livestock – On the west side, the top of the barn is accessed to fill the top with hay, feed, tools, so easily accessable from house – so, sorry for the long comment, was just curious on the one up/one down – term! 😀

Well who could do 16 in a day? This one would be hard to beat. Beautiful and fun.

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