Saint George and the Dragon!
Bonny Saint George for
The Castle is won!
No dragon slaying necessary in this Castle! 🐲⛔️
Not when there's a fierce Jack Russell with attitude.
Sunning himself next to the soft fruit border of this magnificent walled garden.
A whole hectare enclosed by 15 foot high heated walls - Rare Plant Heaven...!
This is the Gardener's Cottage overlooking the Vinery and Dutch Houses. Behind is the fruit store and mushroom house. An account of 1793 (20 years after the garden was built) reads:
'No expense has been spared to accommodate the stately elegance of the house, and to the dignity and fortune of the proprietor. They contain greenhouses and hothouses, with all that variety of foreign herbs and fruits, an abundance of all the riches of the orchard, all the beauties of the parterre and useful plenty of the kitchen garden....'
I stumbled upon it on my way back from ambling in the forest, down a shaded, stony track, overlooking the estuary.
Just me there.
And a lady pottering in the nursery, standing in for the owner who tragically died in October, whilst hunting for plants in Burma.
The search is on for a Plantsman to take over... If only I knew my Abeliophyllum distichous from my Zigadenus nuttallii..... 🤔