Fenton House in Spring

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Originally posted 25 May 2018

Dear lovelies

The sun has been glorious here in the UK! We are spending lots of time in our garden planting, potting, digging, moving, pruning, debugging and all manner of other tasks required to keep on top of things. New joys are sprouting forth from the soil and as a novice gardener (see this post), this comes as such a pleasant surprise! We are also taking time to just sit, notice and savour this wonderful season.

If you have been reading my blog for a little while, you will know that I take so much inspiration for my own garden from those of the National Trust. You can read all about my love for the National Trust here. One of my favourite gardens to visit is that of Fenton House. It is a short bus ride away in Hampstead, North London and it is a beautiful, tranquil oasis in this busy, noisy and polluted city. I could sit for hours in the orchard just resting, observing the seasonal blooms and listening to the birds singing. It is a wonderful place to visit with my little family but really I love to go on my own so I can soak it all in at a measured pace, taking as many photos as I wish!

I occasionally pop into the house, mainly to use the loo if I’m honest, but I do love it’s grand appearance as you approach after going through the golden gates at the front…

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It looks even better from the back, with the different layers of garden inviting you to stroll through…

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The greenhouse/glasshouse/potting shed of dreams is coveted by me each and every time I visit. I want to sit in it, enjoying a glass of fizz and a slice of cake. From my seat of comfort and calm, I would gaze lovingly at the orchard, the kitchen garden beyond; and perhaps take a nap with the scent of orange blossom wafting deliciously in the air and a light breeze cooling my warm cheeks…gosh! I seem to have wandered off into a daydream!…

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The last time I visited, the Wisteria had bloomed and how it made me smile! You can never have too much Wisteria can you?…

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The same goes for cow parsley I believe. So dainty and elegant…

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Oh and the combination of cow parsley and Wisteria? Just a wonderful feast of prettiness for the eyes…

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And of course, there is so much more beauty and detail to behold everywhere you look. I have identified any plants or flowers I know the names of..

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Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)

 

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Onion (Allium)

 

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Onion (Allium)

 

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Onion (Allium)

 

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Bleeding Heart (Dicentra Spectabilis)

 

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Fern

 

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Forget-me-not (Myosotis)

 

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Peony (Paeonia Mlokosewitschii I think)

 

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As above

 

I can’t wait to visit again soon, to see what changes have occurred since I was there last and to see what late Spring/early Summer at Fenton House will look like this year. Yes, after waiting so long for Spring, nature has really accelerated with the warm temperatures and I do believe Summer will be upon us before we know it!

See you back here very soon lovelies! Look after yourselves won’t you?

Lots and lots of love

Lucy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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