One of the highlights of the summer is being able to visit private gardens that are open for charity. Hilltop Garden at Stour Provost is one of our favourite gardens opened under the NGS (National Garden Scheme) in Dorset.
The first time I read about the garden, many years ago, it mentioned the wonderful garden and also the fantastic view over the Blackmoor Vale to distant misty blue hills.
As I was writing the post I looked up the information provided by the NGS and it just describes it much better than I could.....
Upon entering the garden through the little wooden latch gate you will find the most amazing mix of hardy perennials, annuals and an enormous number of different dahlias, all flowering their heads off, crammed into borders, tubs and pots, in and around lawns, paths, pergolas and ponds, any where in fact there is space, and in lots of places where there isn’t.
|The display of dahlias is fantastic.|
The garden, full of colour and interest; is focused around an old thatched cottage and an ancient, shady oak. Many seats allow the visitor to contemplate this striking and unusual garden from many angles and at a leisurely pace
We did stop and sit on many of the benches around the garden admiring the plants, taking lots of pictures (these are only a selection!) and also enjoyed a cup of tea and homemade cake.
The garden is full of other lovely features which just add an extra special touch.
The garden was brimming with insects - they obviously think it is a great place to be. If you look back at the second photo the buddelia was covered in butterflies too.
|Brimstone butterfly on a phlox|
For those of you were hoping for a view of the sea - I promise there will be some in my next post. I usually try and write one sea related post and something on another subject each week. For the last two posts gardens have taken over!
Have you visited any lovely gardens lately? Do other countries have private gardens open for charity like we do?
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