The Blickling Estate in Norfolk

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I am a bit behind.  We visited Blickling months ago on our Norfolk trip and I am trying to remember, beyond these few images, what it was like and what I thought.

One thing I could never forget, however, were the clipped yew hedges.  They would have to be my absolute favourite thing about the property.  And maybe the topiary.  But mostly the hedges, which look straight out of a children’s book, with gateways to unseen sections of garden.  There are some wonderful photos here of the annual trim and which show a better sense of their scale and form.

Usually my favourite thing about estate gardens is the kitchen garden.  Perhaps because we can relate to it the most, being mainly vegetable growers. The walled kitchen garden at Blickling has great potential but it wasn’t exactly aspirational, even looking a little rough round the edges when we visited.  I am not someone who looks for perfection, I find it a little boring, but there was something about it which just seemed unloved.

The house, like all National Trust properties, is very impressive and was once home to Anne Boleyn.  Apparently it is considered the most haunted house in Britain.  A truly bizarre thing to relate to when you visit on a cheerful day in late summer.

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Friday Scout

Taken on our visit to RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate

Happy Friday! I’ve had another busy week with illustration clients, finishing up two really lovely projects (a logo and a baby portrait) and planning for the next two.  I’ve not had much time available to spend in the garden, but we’ve pencilled in a few days during the Easter break to get things going. Here are some of my favourite posts this week.

Tapping for maple syrup on Soule Mama

The Agrarian Kitchen on Kinfolk

Palm Springs Cactarium on Amy Merrick’s blog

High-rise Gardening on the Guardian

Inspiration from Lambley Nursery on Studio G

The Kitchen Garden Revisited

Kitchen Garden at Barrington Court in Somerset

I love kitchen gardens. Especially walled kitchen gardens, so it was a treat to see this one at Barrington Court, looking so great despite the dismal weather.  The garden supplies both the cafe and Strode Restaurant at the National Trust owned property. Above is a charming gate which leads from the house gardens to the kitchen garden.