On the way home from our recent break in Devon, we took the opportunity to visit a couple of National Trust houses and gardens just off the A303, a road that’s conveniently ‘lined’ with some great gardens. First stop was Barrington Court, Somerset.
A large walled garden was lined with displays of wallflowers and tulips which were wonderfully vibrant. Much of the rest of this area was bare earth- or so I thought until I noticed it had been covered with landscape/weedproof fabric and then mulched with compost- one of the gardeners explained how they create planting holes through these layers and so restrict the amount of time they weed- a very useful idea that looks attractive as well as being practical.
I was also glad to see the ‘bones’ of the other gardens (it was rather too early to see the borders in all their glory). To my…
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