My home was built by the Duke of Devonshire in 1923 for a member of his Estate team… perhaps the head gardener?! My husband has owned the house for about 20 years and having tracked back through the records we believe we are the 4th family to live here.
The previous owner, a Mrs Williams, loved her garden. We know that she had one full-time and one part-time gardener when the garden was at its peak, and we believe that she requested the planting of the superb rhododendrons which create such a strong visual impact at the front of the house. The wilderness garden – soon to be my mini-orchard with bee hives – was her vegetable plot. The original greenhouse and cold frames still exist in that space – at the moment both are overgrown and not used – hopefully that will change one day when I have some more time (or the funds to hire a gardener…) 🙂
The garden was lovingly maintained by my in-laws for approximately 15 years before I started to work on it. It’s been so wonderful to bring new life and perspective to a space that has been loved by so many people for so many years!
The pictures included here are of the only border to have survived from Mrs Williams’ time – we believe it is 30+ years old. The pink / orange combination of Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’ and Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’ perhaps shouldn’t work – but is superb… as the season progresses Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ and Filipendula purpurea and albiflora carry the space through to winter.
I hope Mrs Williams and her gardeners of past would appreciate how much time and love go into her garden today.