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The English Garden Tour: Garden 3, 1 Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

The Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Fletching, Uckfield

The Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Fletching, Uckfield

1 Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

1 Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

1 Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

Across the street from the Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, in the village of Fletching, is a row of tiny, clustered, connected cottages that look just like dollhouses. The garden at 1 Whites Cottage is compact, and exactly what you would think a cottage garden should look like. Following winding paths there are lovely groupings of flowers, delights for the child of any age, and riots of color, color, color in that messy, disheveled look imagined in fairy tales. What child could not spend the day in a gypsy caravan surrounded by a family of ducks?  Snuggled in your perfect spot, this cottage is where stories are told. Let’s take a peek at Whites Cottage, one of the cottages on the National Garden Scheme.

The Rows of Small Cottages at Fletching, Uckfield

The Rows of Small Cottages at Fletching, Uckfield

Beauty at the Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

Beauty at the Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

And what is beyond the garden gate?

Beauty at the Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

Beauty and Color at the Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

Masses of Soft White Blooms at Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

Masses of Soft White Blooms at Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

What’s behind here? Let’s look and see!

The Tiny Gypsy Caravan, Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

The Tiny Gypsy Caravan, Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

One of the Duck Family at Whites Cottage, Uckfield

One of the Duck Family at Whites Cottage, Uckfield

The Duck Cottage at Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

The Duck Cottage at Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

Here was an area for the succulents! Some were planted in chimney pots! Waste not, want not!  Where can I get one of those and how can I get it home? Hmmmm…..

A Spot for Pottery at Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

Garden Interest at Whites Cottage

Bright colors in the garden!

More Succulents at Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

More Succulents at Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

The blooming clematis was so delicate and I loved the lime and lavender centers with the crisp, clean, green leaves!

The Beautiful Blooming Clematis at Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

The Beautiful Blooming Clematis at Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

What’s down this grassy knoll?

Another Look at the Garden, Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

Another Look at the Garden, Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

I love the way you see the seeds in this plant!

The Vines at Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

The Vines at Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

The Greenhouse at Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

The Greenhouse at Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

Art in the garden, look up, look down. We don’t want to miss anything!

Art in the Garden Adds Interest, Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

Art in the Garden Adds Interest, Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

Visiting the different gardens on the National Garden Scheme has taken us to very interesting small villages! Lets take a walk and see the village! Is this the Clergy House? Love it!

A Beauty Next Door to St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Fletching, Uckfield

A Beauty Next Door to St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Fletching, Uckfield

Here is an old door to the Churchgate Cottage!

Another Old Cottage Door in Fletching, Uckfield

Another Old Cottage Door in Fletching, Uckfield

In medieval times Fletching was the major producer of bows and arrows; many were used in the battle of Agincourt in 1415. In 1912, The Piltdown Man was discovered near Fletching and thought to be the “missing link” between humans and apes. The significance of the specimen remained controversial, until amidst great publicity and much embarrassment in scientific circles, it was exposed as a forgery in 1953. I think their treasure lies in the beauty of their tiny dollhouse cottages! And maybe this delight, the Tudor Cottage.

The Tudor Cottage in Fletching, Uckfield

The Tudor Cottage in Fletching, Uckfield

We still have several gardens to see on my “English Garden Tour.”  Won’t you join me!  Another village tomorrow!

The Succulents at Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

The Succulents at Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield

13 Responses to “The English Garden Tour: Garden 3, 1 Whites Cottage, Fletching, Uckfield”

  1. AnnetteM

    I love the mass of white blooms on that shrub. I wonder what it was? I think the plant with the seeds showing is called Honesty. The row of cottages is such a familiar style to me. My grandmothers house which was not particularly old (built in the 1960s) had the same half tiled design as the end cottage and the middle cottage was very similar to an end terrace house my mother bought in the little village of Walberton in West Sussex.

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  2. AnnetteM

    Not at all. At one time I thought I was quite knowledgeable on plants because I know a lot more than my other half, but I am now discovering that most gardeners know a lot more than me and usually the full botanical names too. The problem now is that I am now forgetting ones I used to know and also I can’t seem to keep new ones in my head. I have to refer to a large spreadsheet of the plants in my garden whenever I write my blog. So, no you don’t drive me crazy!

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    • CadyLuck Leedy

      Oh I am so jealous of most gardeners, especially the British! They usually know all the names of the flowers and their “official” names as well. It good to know I am not the only one doing spreadsheets! Ha ha! I have a big book for my own plants that I keep. But when I’m on my travels they all look new to me!

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    • CadyLuck Leedy

      I’m am quite sure everyone was sick to death of looking at my garden pictures, but I thought all the gardens were so different. I figured if people don’t want to read about them they can skim over the pictures! Ha ha!

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      • Doug Warren

        I thought they were great, and just didn’t have the time to look at them earlier. They were all very interesting, you take such wonderful photos, and tell interesting stories about your travels.

      • CadyLuck Leedy

        Doug I got my DNA results this week! I am not who I thought I was! Will probably do post on it when all my England posts are complete! I’m too anal and organized to get out of sequence ha ha. It seems I have a great deal of Irish in me!!! Story telling? What Irish person doesn’t like a story?

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