Tag Archives: Kent gardens

Windy at Walmer Castle

Walmer looks as if somebody has taken a huge bucket and spade and used them to shape the building – Deal even more so – and the keep and outbuildings added to make it more like a dwelling. The wind blew heavy in the trees and out to sea the waves were choppy. No sign of an invasion, but with the tunnel and the ferries maybe there is no need to come by sea to Walmer or Deal. Continue reading

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Mature level garden – Horsmonden

We had difficulty finding the place at first. Er, with the signs in place you couldn’t miss it but with our superior navigation, we managed. However, we did see some pretty places and eventually arrived at the gardens. We thought that afterwards we should have a short stroll around Horsmonden. Continue reading

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Wildflowers and Orchards

However, after looking around the garden and spending most of the time in the wild flower garden we purchased tea and cake, served with the help of her mother, by a small girl with a huge smile. Victoria and Coffee Cake, and tea. £2 each, handed her five and she had difficulty working out the change. Hold hand up, count five on fingers and thumb, take away four fingers leaving the thumb – logic – you give one thumb in change. Right? Continue reading

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A Day of Remembering – and Grafty Green

There was an Ngs garden open at Grafty Green which was not a long way from Boxley – through Bearsted near Harrietsham. The memory comes from my Father having worked in the area building houses – probably the ones we saw this day after we took a quick walk around the village. Continue reading

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Womenswold – a Happy Hamlet

The current weather, in this devastating drought we are suffering, is not the best for the NGS gardens but the stalwarts arrive and enjoy. You do not need to be an anorak to love these places but it helps to wear one in case it persists down. And at one house serving teas the enthusiastic owner was busy. She and her husband have made a pleasant garden with flowers, shrubs and fruit bushes with little hideaways for the temporary recluse. And cake. Which is where we had a piece of cake each and a cup of tea. Wonderful home made cake. Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Gardens

The National Gardens Scheme is such that people will open their gardens to visitors at times during the year and charge a fee to raise funds for a charity. We indulged in two pieces of cake and a hot drink and watched the birds feeding from the dangling bird feeders. Continue reading

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A Sandwich at Sandwich

We arrived in the car park by the river and wandered along the streets looking for a toilet. I was interested in the ducks walking on the quay who seemed content enough to be out of the water. We may have gone to the Guildhall Museum to view objects which hopefully includes the corpse of a plague rat if we were not captivated by the Salutation Gardens. We had heard of them of course and passed by, once with Zoid the dog but as yet had not paid a visit. Continue reading

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