Monthly Archives: September 2013

Isle of Wight 3 – Carisbrooke Castle

At Carisbrooke Castle a generous donor has provided some money to make ‘Princess Beatrice’s Garden’ – a small enclosed area within the castle walls. While Sandy went for a walk around the battlements, I went to see the plants. Designer … Continue reading

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Isle of Wight 2 – Ventnor Botanic Gardens

I had been looking forward to visiting Ventnor Botanic Garden – which styles itself ‘Britain’s Hottest Garden’. In climate, yes – in style, sadly, no. Indeed the whole place has a slightly neglected, run-down air. I guess it’s mainly the … Continue reading

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Isle of Wight 1 – Mottistone Manor

Lying just off the South coast of England, the Isle of Wight enjoys a soft, maritime climate. Temperatures are slightly warmer than the mainland and frosts are rare. So I was looking forward to visiting some gardens during our week’s … Continue reading

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Late Summer Colour

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog-front recently. Have I been relaxing in the garden, soaking up the sunshine – or chilling out somewhere exotic? Well – a bit – but mostly I’ve been busy with our last NGS … Continue reading

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