A Holiday, part 3

┬áThe perfect sunny day with friends, surrounded by late summer splendour…

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We went to Haddon Hall, Chatsworth’s enchanting neighbour. The inside is delectable, particularly the Long Gallery, which is where one would dream of having the ultimate party or romantic tryst, but here are the gardens, laid out yonks ago of course, and recently re-planted by Arne Maynard. The borders are in their third year, beautifully done and perfectly crafted to echo the acres of delicious stone wall. I ambled with only an iphone for company, so these pictures are not the best. I would urge you to go up there for a jaunt soon…I got there too late for the abundance of roses covering each and every wall, so that is my mission for next year – but I have been in winter, and this place is just as intoxicating in the snow.

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Deep deep borders full of deep deep glory

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Late summer loveliness

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*Gasp* What a canvas….and there is acres of it.

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Comfiest, prettiest bench ever (and you can get one made for you too)

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Knot garden with no box in sight – another recent addition, made from all things medicinal

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Grand steps and pools

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Lashings of lavender, covered in butterflies

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Erigeron in every crevice….

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Every plant buzzing with bees, and glistening glass in the windows

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..and views out of story books…

And then there is the Bowling Green, a private house, a little way up the hill, with a garden also designed by Maynard:

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2 Comments

  1. Ellie
    Posted September 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Dear Laetitia
    Haddon Hall is one of my favourite places to visit, although I don’t visit as often as I would like to. I love to stand right in the corner on the little ‘viewing platform’ by the wall and look out across that beautiful landscape. I knew the gardens had been re-designed, so I shall definitely have to go and see them now. Thank you so much for giving me a view of them.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

  2. Posted September 9, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful. I love stone walls, they are perfection. Fantastic that there are so many bees around. The lawn in the last two pictures is wonderful. I just want to cartwheel all across it. Oh people did know how to live back then, didn’t they?

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