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Seeds collected from the garden are now on sale in the shop and make the perfect small gift. Get sowing now for a Hestercombe style garden this summer....
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This week I have been getting quite strange looks from visitors. After a year or two of propagating plants we are ready to start following Jekyll's plan of planting up the walls around the plat. Lutyens and Jekyll had such a strong working relationship that Lutyens has built the walls and left gaps specifically for Jekyll to plant into. So the vertical living walls that are fashionable now are not necessarily a new thing.  Above is Patrick Blancs living wall in Madrid and below is The Driver in Kings Cross. Jekyll's plan is not quite as intense as this. She repeats...
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Jon & Jade were married at Hestercombe last summer and have shared this wonderful blog: whimsicalweddings.com Their style was natural, home-made and looked simply stunning. A beautiful combination of skillful craft (they did all the flower arrangements themselves!) with summer woodlands, the photographs look gorgeous.  Wooden chairs in the Orangery tied with white blossoms.     The couple enjoying a walk through the landscapes as the light begins to fade....
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Some lovely events happening at Hestercombe from now until the end of July. All tailored in the special Hestercombe way! They range from sunflower planting to workshops on dry stone walling and charcoal burning, tours with the head gardener  and even rescuing ducks from the 18th century lake (plastic, in aid of the RSPCA!) Info below. Don’t forget the press launch of the exciting new contemporary art gallery in Hestercombe House, right in the heart of the gardens, on Thursday May 22nd. – it opens to the public on the weekend of May 24th.   Spring Trails - Throughout April   Discover more about the gardens...
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This is a small but beautiful new discovery for me. Growing like a golden mat just below the Chinese bridge is this- golden saxifrage or Chrysosplenium oppositifolium. It thrives in damp conditions so it has certainly had the correct growing conditions this year. This little native plant is beautiful glistening in the sunshine and flowers normally between April and June, but like everything else it is a bit early....
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