This “small but perfectly formed” garden surrounds an old cottage somewhere in the northern Home Counties of England. When I say old I refer to the fact that it dates back somewhere over 400 years when the garden was probably full of cabbages and pigs to feed a farm labourer and his family. Beautifully restored, the cottage now sits in the centre of this compact and plant-packed garden. The owners know what they are doing.

We have known this delightful garden for many years – mostly visiting in late spring when most of these pictures were collected.

A very calm and unflashy flower that pops up all over the shadier corners of this garden in the early  months of the year – a native primrose

No garden can be complete without a greenhouse. This unique and productive structure was hand-built by the owners from found materials … amongst many other plants it starts the year heady with the scent of freesias.

A splendid place to take an afternoon cup of tea.

Informal formality might be the style in this corner with a mixture of topiary, flagged paths and many species of flowers spilling over the feet of the visitor.

Visible from the conservatory in a shady corner tucked below a hedge are feeders for the many birds, like this Chaffinch, that visit for a meal

A collection of terracotta (no plastic here) plant pots waiting to be called into use

Here is an album with more pictures from the garden.  Click any one of the small images below to open up a full size gallery and wander through at leisure … or set the album to change the pictures automatically for you.


These garden portraits are assembled for our own pleasure and to share with friends and visitors … but perhaps you would like a Garden Portrait of your own garden? However large or small, elaborate or simple there is always something memorable to preserve for the future. If the idea appeals to you I would be pleased to talk about possibilities. You would receive a link to the Garden Portrait on the web and a collection of images suitable for printing or for putting in an album that you could share with friends or use as a gift. Many options. Contact me here.


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