Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Oteley Garden

I do so love having a nosey around other people's gardens, so on Sunday I visited Oteley in Ellesmere to have a look around. As it is only four miles from where I live it isn't exactly a treck but is only open for one day a year as part of the National Garden Scheme. The idea is that people can open their private gardens to the paying public and all the money raised goes to charity. Gardens of all shapes and sizes can enter but Oteley is a particularly grand example and certainly gives you lots of inspiration as you walk around.

The house has a huge walled kitchen garden full of vegetables and fruit trees. The spring cabbages are looking good at the moment and...

...the apples trees are in blossom, looking very pretty.

The garden also has a lot of rhododendron's in all colours. This pink one was particulary spectacular.

The one consolation about having such a cold May is that the cherry blossom is still out. Normally by now, it would have long finished but is still going strong.

If you go to the National Garden Scheme's website here you can put in your postcode and see if there are any gardens open near you.

By the way, there's still time to enter my giveaway by clicking here and leaving me a comment.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week.


  1. Lovely photo's Susie. Looks a pretty garden...

  2. Oh how I wish I could be there too! Love all your photos Susie especially the first one!

  3. What a wonderful garden..and a perfect time to see it in all it's glory.That pink rhododendron is amazing!

    Bellaboo :0)

  4. Such beautiful pictures! I also love visiting gardens.
    This garden is very far away for me so I'm glad you have shown me.
    Thank you for sharing!

  5. What lovely photos, Susie. I SO enjoyed this posting. Is that a field of rapeseed in the first photo? I remember viewing such beautiful fields on two of my visits to England in May! How I long to visit again soon - perhaps again in June! Cassandra ♥

  6. All very beautiful...I have put a link to you on my blog!

  7. Hi Susie! It's been a cold May here in Idaho too. Your garden tour was so very enjoyable and inspiring too!! Happy Thursday to you!

    Susan and Bentley

  8. I love looking around gardens to. I run the West Swindon open gardens which we hold in June. All the money raised goes to Breakthrough Breast Cancer. We have around 26 Gardens which open over one weekend. I have singers and cream teas in my gardens. We have raised around £16,000 over the last 8 years.
    I will put photos on my blog after for you to see. Love your blog Lesley.x

  9. What a lovely garden! I picked up a leaflet for the Staffordshire gardens recently - we try to visit one or two each year if we can - thanks for showing us around Oteley:)

  10. Those photos are stunning! Just popping by to say , thank you so much for the great feedback and lovely comment on my blog about the bags :o) Thanks so much again M x

  11. Lovely garden indeed. I love looking around gardens and try to visit one a month during spring and summer months. Darling thank you so much for the comment you left on my last post. Do enjoy life darling, evey moment of it.

    Love & Hugs

  12. Hi Susie, happy blogoversary..erm sorry, I'm a bit late..
    Not sure if I'd like to have nosey parkers around my garden.. ;-)

  13. So lovely to have a view like that. What I would do for a walled kitchen garden and orchard! x

  14. What a beautiful place to visit, I loved the Blossom x

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