For those of you who dream of having everything you want in your garden, but are unable to have it, may you be lucky enough to visit Alan Gray and Graham Robeson's Old Vicarage in East Ruston who made their garden dreams a reality.
Our tour bus made the quest out to the gates of the garden only to find out that we were early - no one gets in early. So off to the North Sea we went where I had the most delicious stem ginger ice cream while we walked on the beach and dipped our toes (well, Kevin did) in the water.
I had no expectations of this garden and had done no reading before hand. I'm sort of sorry I didn't know more going in. I might have approached the gardens in a different order - starting on the outside and working in perhaps? Am definitely glad I didn't know about the nursery - that way the amount of time I could spend pining about plants I'd never be take home was cut down significantly.
One thing you should know is that everything here is from Alan and Graham - they bought the Old Vicarage in 1973 - it came with 3' tall grass - that's all. Which makes it all the more remarkable.
And, there's not just one style, there are many in the 30+ acres. I enjoyed the fact that so many of the styles are completely do-able here as well. I think this would be great for a small modern townhome.
How's this for a change of pace....
This has to top my list of the best looking brassica patch - don't you just love the Amaranthus saying howdee?
There were surprises at every turn. Here at an opening: