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Saturday, 05 March 2011 13:03

Welcome to our peaceful country garden.

Wickets is set on the highest part of Essex overlooking rolling countryside.

We first moved here in 1990. Wickets was completely devoid of any plants apart from a sorbus and a Prunus pissardii. The garden takes the brunt of the easterly winds and so our first task was to plant hedges and tree belts to shelter the garden.   

The garden has gradually developed over the years in a very informal curvilinear design.  We have a passion for roses which is fortunate as they thrive in our heavy clay soil. Our aim has been to incorporate our roses in relaxed planting schemes with perennials, shrubs and under planting. Hundreds of David Austin English shrub roses combine with bush roses. Climbers and ramblers festoon old apple, sorbus and prunus trees. We have even put climbing roses in Whichford terracotta containers. We hope this demonstrates how well English and other roses associate with different plants in the garden.

Cottage style planting is enhanced by bulbs such as camassia and narcissi which enjoy the harsh conditions.

Our one acre landscaped meadow has evolved from a ploughed field Now it is full of interest with copses and avenues. It also boasts a large lily pond surrounded by masses of Iris, leucojum, camassia and fritillaria. The pond has been newly planted after renovation in 2010. It is sheltered by groups of silver birch and overlooked by a French inspired pergola festooned with roses, grapes and hops.  Liquidambar styraciflua and walnut trees provide focal points.

Our grandchildren love 'Teletubby Hill' where one can sit and admire the long views. Our friendly hens enjoy nothing better than to roam around the meadow.

Over recent years we have created gravel garden areas with grasses, lychnis, lavender and    masses of different allium cultivars which take centre stage in June.

Wickets is on the edge of a small village with a picturesque village green.

Nearby is the famous ‘Cricketers’ gastro pub owned and run by Jamie Oliver’s parents. Sally and Trevor. The lodge at Clavering Lakes is also a delightful place to visit for relaxed, inexpensive meals. Historic Audley End House is only 5 miles away.

There are three other Essex NGS gardens in the vicinity, namely Deers, Piercewebbs and The Old Vicarage Rickling.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 March 2011 09:33
 


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