Situated three miles from the North Wales coast in a sheltered valley our garden benefits from the warm sea air and is relatively protected from the prevailing winds. The soil is a deep, very heavy clay loam, it is marginally acid which has the advantage that most varieties of plant will grow with ease. Unfortunately in wet weather the soil has a tendency to waterlog and in dry spells it cracks open!
The cultivated garden extends to over an acre and is still, in most parts, very immature. Fifteen years ago it was grazed by sheep and is slowly developing. Maybe one day it will be worth looking at .......
To the front and western side of the house there is mixed planting of shrubs underplanted with Hostas, Hemerocallis and Hardy Geraniums. This area has now become rather
The area to the rear of the house is now fully fenced, and hopefully 'cat-proof'. Adjacent to the house is a paved area with planting to the walls. From the paved area is the cattery and small rear lawn: this part of the garden is a secluded summer 'sun-trap'and the ideal location for the log cabin, decking and hot tub ...... somehow we think we will spend many summer days and evenings in this area!
Our collection of European Wichuriana Hybrids has grown steadily over the years and whilst the 'Barbier Hybrids' raised between 1900 and 1920 take precedence, roses of other European breeders are included. We have managed to obtain most of the early European varieties that are still in cultivation, but they are rather rare and we are constantly seeking other Barbier introductions from mainland Europe and further afield. These old Ramblers are the antecedents of many modern roses, they do not repeat flower and have a short but glorious flowering period filling the air with their scent.
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