Our open gardens weekend

by Jane on July 16, 2013

Wappenham held its open gardens event last weekend. What fantastic weather for it! The previous event was spoilt by rain. Just as well it was fine, as there were many gardens open and many other events, including luscious ‘Gilbert Scott’ teas (Gilbert Scott was brought up in the village, and has designed some houses and the old school). Here’s a selection of views.
Wappenham House front
Here is the front of Wappenham House, with planting and the fountain feature designed by James Alexander Sinclair. Earlier in the year there are orange geums and purple alliums here, and they all go well together.

Veronicastrum
Here is a nice combination in the front garden shade – the veronicastrum is quite sculptural and I’d like to use it in my own garden somewhere.

Lawn and cedar
Coming round the corner of the house.

Geranium
Here’s a good plant combination – not sure which geranium!

Container
Here’s a nice container planting.

Veronicastrum in sun
Here is the veronicastrum again, highlighted by the sun.

Church and meadow
Our church viewed from the gardens, with a grass meadow in the foreground.

Pleached trees
Pleached trees – limes – dividing the swimming pool area from the vegetable garden.

Pyrford House
Another garden this time – a less formal one for a family with four children – and hens! The plants are surviving well. Amanda says that this is because they are planted out when already fairly big plants.

Leeson Cottage bedding
Another smaller cottage garden, with pergola covered with wisteria, and a good combination of bedding plants below.
Leeson cottage sundown place
Anthony is always adding useful features to the garden. The purpose of this one is to sit with gin and tonic and catch the evening sun.

Pittams Farm
Then there is a wonderful plant enthusiast’s garden, with herbaceous clematis next to campanula lactiflora.

Roof garden Stone Cottage
Finally there is the roof garden at Stone Cottage – what a great idea! There are steps up to it, and strawberries growing on top. Miniature roses give colour to the many small shrubs making the beds.

Hostas
And a lovely display of hostas in the same garden to finish our tour.

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