Thanks for popping in.
At the moment, lots of private gardens are opening in aid of the National Garden Scheme which collects funds for Nursing charities. Last year £2.7 million was raised.
Just round the corner from our favourite West Green Gardens, Dipley Mill opened its garden to the public with tea and coffee available too.
The Mill itself is listed in the Domesday Book and served as a flour mill on the River Whitewater until it was converted into a country house in 1927. As a mill, it was very successful so the Miller installed a second wheel which, with both wheels on the go, made the building shake.
Let's have a look.
Water plays a big part here, with streams, ponds and pools round every corner.
|Original milestones set in the path|
Visitors are given a delightful watercoloured map which gives a meandering route to wander along so you don't miss any of the secret areas. There's Drove Road garden with airy wild planting, the Dew Pond tucked away and Vesta's garden, celebrating the Goddess of the Hearth, at the far end of the estate.
The Rust Garden leads you past a pill box, which is planted on top with a blue spiral staircase to take you up to admire the view, and on to a Grotto Garden.
|Looking out from the pill box.|
A real treat awaits in the Rose and Perfume Garden where a variety of unusual roses greet the nose.
There's a great assortment of gunnera around the garden as well as herbs, fruit and vegetables.
The Indian Pool Garden is quite spectacular with its exotic planting and colonial hut.
There's even an Oriental Carpet Garden next to the greenhouse full of cacti and bougainvilleas.
To crown it all the recently shorn alpacas are so cute!
There we are, what a fantastic private garden, so much bigger than I was expecting, so much to see and enjoy including the delicious homemade cakes.
If you live fairly close, have a look at the link above as there are more open days to come this year, all in a good cause. Don't worry about parking as the field next door was opened as a large car park.