Annie and I like to visit gardens throughout the summer. Everything from stately homes through to neighbours gardens here in Spalding. No matter where we go we find ideas and inspiration which we can use for our own gardening.
The other day we visited Houghton Hall, near Kings Lynn in Norfolk. Built in the 1720’s by Sir Robert Walpole it is one of England’s finest Palladian houses. It is also a winner of the Christies and Historic Houses Association ‘Garden of the Year Award,’ the stunning 5 acre walled garden with its variously themed areas are a delight to explore. Annie and I even got to play croquet on the lawn!
We hadn’t realised this garden was so close to Spalding and we had a very enjoyable day. I’m a very keen grower of Dahlia’s so I was particularly pleased to see their display. What was of particular interest to me was the fact they used a cane frame as a support to the Dahlias. I’ve never tried this and as a consequence the weight of the plants and strong winds have often spoilt the look of my flowers. At Houghton Hall they were all standing erect and looking their best.
Anne and I have already started making our plans to trial this idea next year with our Dahlias. We will let you know how we get on.