A Holiday: Part 1


We stayed at Swiss Cottage, Chatsworth. It is idyllic, in every single way.

There is a tame duck who likes to be fed very expensive food from Chatsworth Farm Shop. Her name is ‘The Duchess’.

There is also an adventure playground, and a really fabulous petting zoo, filled to the brim with children (and parents who would possibly rather be somewhere else)….

My ‘somewhere else’ was the garden.

Here were the highlights



Lots of rather gorgeous topiary


Extremely beauteous fencing


Good views


A pretty cottage garden with oodles of my favourite gladiolus callianthus


A cascade you could take your shoes off and paddle in


Long borders full of annuals….



Jurassic-style rock garden

…And VERY good lemon cake (which I was too late to photograph).

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  1. Posted August 30, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Oh it’s stunning Laetitia. You are right, the gladiolus is lovely. Really like the gunnera too, if only I had a small lake to plant one by…

  2. Posted August 30, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Now that looks like one super day out, I love all the planting you featured to be honest, but the annuals look particularly sumptuous. I always love that vivid cornflower blue, I grow it everywhere in my garden, even in the vegetable beds!
    The stairway topiary is such a great idea, might try that one in a slightly more miniature form!


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