The roof of the cottage and the roses were in competition for color!
Old Barn Cottage was next on our tour of the Warninglid gardens on the National Garden Schemes. This small garden had just experienced a re-do landscaping plan which raised garden beds and added a seating area. I loved the wood timbered garden room just off the back of the house. The gardens are filling up quickly with enthusiastic gardeners, so lets get in and see the Old Barn Cottage! I wonder was it really an old barn at one time? It does step back from the other cottages in the row. Love it!
The raised beds began in the front of the cottage and the look was carried through into the garden in the back. A beautiful garden starts at your front door!
A welcoming gate invites you in! The cow bell combines the garden and the Old Barn name!
Did you notice the rock display in the front of the cottage? The rock theme was continued throughout the garden! Just a few white rocks scattered here and there adds interest!
Here in the S-curve design of the garden the outdoor table and chair area was raised to a higher level and it really set off the garden.
What a mass of color and plants! Love the pink clematis!
This reminded me of a chalet! Perfect for the cooler weather!
Here the gardeners extended the fence by adding a trellis top to it, with another clematis, drawing your eye UP! Don’t forget the luscious hostas!
I have never seen such white, white colors in plants before! Is it the soil or the species of plant?
My favorite color of green in the garden, LIME!
Another touch of rocks, this time with a little hedgehog!
This was my favorite plant in this garden! It is a Salix Integra Nakura Nishiki! Or Dappled Willow. Oh, yes I knew that!!!! Are you kidding? I asked about it AND wrote it down!
The Dappled Willow UP CLOSE! Peach and white blooms and variated green leaves too!
Ready-made bouquets in the garden!
Just add a fern or two!
Rocks, rocks, save your rocks!
It’s so nice to talk to other gardeners about their garden!
See you tomorrow in another Warninglid garden! Enjoy!
One of the most beautiful of the old cottages and gardens in Warninglid, Sussex! Check out my post about it! Enjoy!
1 Herrings Cottage was the smallest garden on our tour, a triangular shaped garden in partial shade.
When we were early for the tour and decided to walk around the village Mr. A.B invited us into his garden, in a row of attached cottages, for an early look see. What a delight this gentleman was, showing what can be done with initiative and pluck on a budget, and in a small space. Working alone, he gives tender loving care to the plants and shrubs, but he also includes artwork to highlight his garden. I loved it. Now let’s take a walk in 1 Herrings Cottage! There is a reason Warninglid has won Best-Kept Village Competition three times!
There was a bit of whimsy, with treasured finds, to draw your eye to areas of the garden. Here a tree is a piece of art! Do you have a small garden? Go UP!
Every garden deserves a quiet space, a spot to enjoy the garden and sip a bit of tea.
Do not waste a wall space, any wall space!
Get attention on the ground too!
As the garden severely narrows at the back, completing the triangular space, every inch of the garden was made special!
A small glassed in porch, at the back of the cottage, was the perfect place to show more artwork.
A tangle of flowers in the garden with one of my favorites, the Jerusalem Sage! Enjoy the garden!
This is the front entry to Old Post Cottage. There is a chimney pot nestled in the fray!
The jumbled, carefree, masses of blooms are my favorite!
One of my favorite cottage gardens in Warninglid was the second garden we toured, Old Post. The garden of the oldest house (circa 1430) in The Street, creates a dramatic first impression of color, shape, and texture with a select choice of blooms and creative landscaping. There were so many small vignettes of activity and bursts of color to enjoy! Let’s look closely at Old Post!
The display of white flowers and soft variations of shades of green foliage beckons us to the entry of the garden. The long narrow garden plot is so inviting and every bit of space is used to its advantage! Look at the trough planter on the old sewing machine stand creating height and interest! Notice how white, white these plants are? Two paths to follow, which one should we take first?
Every cottage garden could use a box hedge, a stone wall and a touch of white! Or maybe a soft robins egg blue-green dividing wall!
The clematis trellis creates an entrance into another garden room.
Don’t forget the walls of your garden. Give us a reason to look up! Lovely!
Every spot in the garden was used! Another variety of chimney pot tucked in here and there! I should do a post on pots! I love them! Are there chimney pot collectors? Most of these pots seem to be made of clay. Here we see a black trellis to show off the plants! A touch of black is a must!
One can never have enough of a variety of containers! Love the look it creates! How about the distinction in the brick path using old and new! The brick edging continued throughout the garden creating sweeping curves.
A chimney pot to hold a pot!
This color combination of spikes and planter was stunning!
Pots with lots of COLOR! Another focal point in the garden! It certainly catches your eye!
What a great combination of plants and color here! So full and lush!
The wispy, silver green stems of the yarrow adds height and contrast, bringing out the white of the flower pots.
I Love, Love, Love the contrast of the lime and black in the garden!
One last bit of color in a very tall pot! This creative gardener used every inch of her garden to design a beautiful oasis!!! Old Post Garden is a must see! It was clearly one of my favorites! See you tomorrow in the garden! Enjoy!
The National Gardens Schemes in Warninglid were very organized. Upon arrival and missing the parking lot, (mostly because I wasn’t expecting one) the gardens on tour were marked with yellow balloons and yellow signs. We walked into the first garden at the Wealden House and paid the fee of 5 pounds per person and received two maps. One, of all the gardens on the tour and their locations, and one of the Wealden House. The 5 pounds covered the entry fee into all eight gardens. What a bargain!!!
The Wealden House Garden is at the end of The Street and anchors the village. It comprises 4.5 acres of contrasting features, meandering pathways, natural woodlands, herbaceous borders and wild flowers, a koi carp pond and a vegetable garden. I loved the shade of pink on the house too! The owner and her son were there to greet us and answer any questions we had. Let’s go explore this garden!
I loved the colors and mixture of plants here!
The Entryway to your garden makes the very first impression of the garden. Walking up the smooth sloped driveway to the house, is an assortment of flowers and interesting light effects. At the top, near the house, is a focal point of greenery and flowers creating a beautiful driveway entrance.
Neat and tidy rules the garden!
Layered areas of varied plants and bushes add interest to the storage areas of Wealden House.
I loved the pink color and gingerbread trim on the Wealden House!
Sometimes you find blooms in unexpected spots! Why not?
The sweeping lawn had diverse, definitive borders leading to a vegetable garden and further afield the Woodland Garden.
The treehouse is the perfect spot to hideout and dream!
Somehow I created a Monet with my camera! I focused on the lovely pink and green colors of the garden! See you in the next garden tomorrow!
It takes a giant ladder to reach this woodland abode! Enjoy the garden!
Warninglid Village bisects at two roads, Cuckfield Lane and The Street. I loved that! Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to say you live on The Street? At this special intersection is the Half Moon Pub. Warninglid is our next stop on the National Garden Scheme and it was a bonanza! Eight gardens on two streets! We couldn’t wait to get there and set off early.
Reaching Warninglid, I missed the turn, into the designated car park for the garden tour, and turned into the Half Moon Pub instead.
When my car was immediately surrounded by cars I knew something was up. Deciding on a drink at the pub to build up our stamina, (ha) we discovered that reservations for eating here today were non existent. Just get in line! In addition to the gardens on display the pub was hosting a “FETE!” Music, BBQ, kids running everywhere, bunting, all of it, just like we see in the Midsummer Mysteries and on Doc Martin! I was so excited, “my first fete!” And to top it off the pub was hosting a cheesecake competition! We’ve struck gold! The residents of the village view the Half Moon Pub, as a gathering place and mainstay of village life.
Promising to return to the Pub when things were all set up, we moved on down The Street to get pictures of the homes that were showing gardens that day and get pictures before the flocks showed up to see them. I am so glad we did. Bus loads of gardeners were dropped off at the car park. This was the place to be today!
The Street, the focus of the conservation area, reveals a number of buildings dating back to the 16th century, some of which are listed as being of special architectural and historic interest due the the variety of building’s ages and natural building materials of brick, sandstone, and the timber and clay roof tiles. A sense of enclosure is created by the homes, the bank of hedges and trees, and the village pond with the arching sandstone bridge leading to the drive of the Lyndhurst estate, creating a focal point within The Street. Now lets walk along The Street!
Turning into an inviting lane let’s see where this path takes us!
The village vegetable garden, dogwalk and footpath!
After our vegetable diversion, it’s back to The Street! So many cottages to see on The Street alone!
Next we’ll see the gardens behind these charming, rustic cottages! See you there!
PS We went back to the Half Moon Pub and had a great picnic meal! The choices of salads offered with the burgers or hotdogs were fantastic. It was standing room only! The guests were on blankets or chairs they had brought from home, spread put everywhere! Every indoor and outdoor table was taken. The food was great; the music was great, but I never did find out who won the cheesecake competition!
We are entering the finest gardens in Warninglid, open during the National Garden Scheme! Won’t you join me in the garden? More to come!