Friday, June 9, 2017

Whitcombe House, a lovely private garden in the Cotswolds, England I

The first private garden that we visited this year on our vacation in the Cotswolds in England was Whitcombe House and it was an immediate hit. Located in the beautiful village of Overbury, the garden is completely surrounded by a charming stone wall and therefore seems to be very protected. The size is supposed to be only an acre, but it felt much bigger to me. It contained a pleasing mix of roses, perennials and flowering shrubs carefully arranged in pleasing color combinations surrounding an equally beautiful house. One special feature of this garden was, that there is a small stream flowing directly through the property. The gentle bubbling sound of the water gave it such peaceful atmosphere.



This is the first view that you get when you enter the garden gate. A walkway leading up to the house in a straight line surrounded by charming borders on both sides. The plants are encroaching into the gravel path loosening up the strict symmetry and giving it a more informal cottagey look.



The green door framed with two stone columns and a triangular stone arch is very pretty and the climbing rose growing by its side so very English.



A little closer look at the rose.



And a close- up of the same rose. Love the pastel pink color.



I have a crush on stone urns and this big one was a particularly pretty example.



A bed kept in soft pastel colors in a somewhat shady corner of the garden.



A shot of the house from a different angle. Do you see the dog sitting in the window? Well, that is not a real dog. It is a cardboard dog. Quirky, isn't it?



Looking down the pathway from the entrance of the house back in the direction of the garden gate. You see that there is a lot of symmetry in the design of this garden.



I loved this magenta colored rose, which I believe is 'Charles de Mills'. The fragrance was pretty strong in this one. 



It was so nice to see these children innocently lost in their play.



Uuups, there is even a hidden third one.



Back to 'Charles de Mills'. Isn't this rose absolutely stunning?



I just couldn't take my eyes (and camera!) off this rose bush.



There was another beautiful Old Garden Rose with a fantastic fragrance: 'Rose de Rescht'.



The playing children caught my attention again.



I couldn't help thinking how lucky they are to be growing up in an environment like this.



So cute!



Again, back to the roses. There was another stunning light yellow one, that was very charming.



I always fall for roses that are so fully petalled.



Looking over to the very left side of the house...



...and then to the very right. In the foreground, there is another rose that looked to me like an Old Garden Rose.



Lovely intense blue campanula!



To the very right of the house, there was a small addition with a wonderful ornate metal bank in front of it and other lovely rose to its side.



Of course, the English lawn can't be missing in a true English garden.



'Rose de Rescht' with friends.



The photo shows the symmetrical layout of this part of the garden very well.



A look to the opposite side of the photo above. I love, love, love hand-stacked stone walls. They add so much charm and character to this garden.




This is a close up of the rose that you see on the left side in the front of the photo above. 



I don't know the name of this delicate beauty, but whatever it is, it is so very pretty!

One post can't cover this whole garden so there will be a part two. Please, come back and explore the rest of the garden with me in another entry.

Wishing everyone a very nice weekend!

Warm regards,

Christina

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38 comments:

  1. I love all those deep borders and, as you noted, the roses are incomparable. The last flower looks like a Centaurea of some sort, perhaps C. 'John Coutts'. Enjoy your weekend exploring UK gardens!

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    1. Kris, you always amaze me with your plant knowledge :-)! Thanks for identifying the flower from the last pic of my post! It is such a beauty...

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  2. What a fantastic garden you have been visiting Christina. It's a size of garden I can only dream about. The light yellow rose is Austin rose The Pilgrim. It's a great one with good scent.
    Enjoy your Holiday.
    Rosehugs Marijke

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    1. Marijke, yes, for me having a garden of this size would also be a dream come true. But only if I would have much more time to garden, than I have in the moment. Maintaining this garden must be an awful lot of work!
      I too thought that the yellow rose could be 'The Pilgrim', but had some doubts because in reality the flowers were humongous and very fully petaled, bigger and higher petal count than I remember 'The Pilgrim' to have. By now David Austin has bred too many lovely yellow roses that I could tell them all apart from each other.

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  3. Ein schöner Garten, ich kenne ihn noch nicht. Alles kann man halt nicht kennen. Wann fährst du wieder?

    Sigrun

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    1. Sigrun, we are not thinking about when we will visit England again, because we are still there :-)!

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  4. The garden at Whitcombe House looks charming - I agree with Kris that the flower is Centaurea 'John Coutts'.

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    1. Rosemary, thank you so much for confirming Kris' identification of the lavender flower!

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  5. Es un lugar realmente maraqvilloso. Y unas fotos extraqordinarias. Felicidades. Un saludo desde Plantukis

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  6. thanks for sharing this wonderful garden. I hope you will post many more. Just a moment to relax and see other gardens is fantastic. Enjoy your stay. groetjes,
    Hetty

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  7. A perfect garden ! You always make me dream about England ...

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  8. Dear Christina,
    wow, this garden is really stunning! So beautiful! The house and the garden look so lovely in combination. Thank you a lot for sharing! I am going on a garden vacation in England next week and I am so looking forward to it! Even more now that I have seen your beautiful pictures.
    Best wishes,
    Lisa

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    1. Lisa, the house and the garden are a perfect match!
      Sounds like you are arriving in England when we leave. Wishing you the most wonderful time there. It is truly a paradise for garden lovers!

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  9. Muy lindo jardín. Feliz día.

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  10. So beautiful. Those pale roses are my favorite too. They sing of June. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Seawashed, yes, the pale pink rose is so beautiful in her gentle softness. I love her, too!

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  11. Oh my gosh, that looks like a dream garden! Heavenly, really. Lucky you to have traveled to that part of England.

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  12. Hi Christina!
    What a beautiful garden, I´d like to stroll around there. Hope you enjoy your vacation.
    All the best /Marika

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  13. Those old Cotswold stone walls add so much to the garden. Can there be a better backdrop?

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  14. What great gardens... and a wonderful place to visit. :)

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  15. My dream! I enjoyed all your photos, especially the gorgeous roses! You are so right about it being a wonderful environment for children. Dogs? Not sure about that. Perhaps the cardboard kind is the only one tolerated!

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  16. These roses are amazing. I feel a bit cheated on with my "Bright as a Button" rose, which has only few petals and is not fragrant.
    Looks like the kiddies had a good time too!

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  17. Lovely photos! We do enjoy following your garden adventures here in England!

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  18. Beautiful garden of Whitcombe House - thank you for sharing on Pam's garden party! I live in West Virginia (zone 7a), but it's been a real treat to visit gardens all over the US and abroad!
    Rita C at Panoply

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  19. It was a pleasure to visit the Cotswolds with you at this gorgeous home and gardens! I have been to England a few times, but I haven't been to the Cotswolds...and from seeing your post I need to go soon! Thanks so much for joining Gardens Galore and stay tuned, there will be more parties this summer! Happy Gardening!

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  20. A lovely garden and a real joy to see! I love the corner with the garden bench. The roses are gorgeous, especially the yellow rose. Thanks for taking us along to this beautiful place! xx Karen

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  21. It is stunning. I do love a garden wall and if I had the money, I would build one around ours in an instant. I did not know 'Charles de Mills' got so tall - have they trained it that way?

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    1. Phillip, garden walls just give a garden the certain something, don't they?
      Regarding rosa 'Charles de Mills', they had the rose somehow being hold up by a metal hoop, so I believe if it would have grown naturally, it would be more floppy and down to the ground.

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  22. what a perfect visit - it looks like you had the whole place to yourself apart from the cute kids!
    Wren x

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  23. That's a very beautiful and well maintained garden. I love both the color and the habit of that magenta rose, very elegant too.

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  24. What a awesome and breathtaking display of beauty.

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  25. Gorgeous, gorgeous photography! It must have been a fabulous trip. Thank you for sharing it with us.
    Patti

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  26. Lovely garden! Thanks for taking us along.

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  27. This garden is sheer delight! Cottage gardening is my favorite style of garden. Love all of the roses. They look to be David Austin roses, do you think? I have a thing for stacked stone walls as well. The children are delightful and yes, very fortunate. Going on an English garden tour is on my wish list. Do you mind sharing if you booked a tour or just went on your own? Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Jann, the yellow rose most likely is a David Austin rose, but the other ones seem to be Old Garden Roses.
      We went by ourselves! I like to have the freedom to decide what and when I want to see something, taking in consideration the weather (very important in England ;-)) and what I am up for. Traveling by yourself is very easy in England. No matter in which way you decide to travel, I would highly encourage you to do a garden tour in England, the private and public gardens here are truly amazing!

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  28. Absolutely beautiful!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  29. what a beautiful house! Thanks for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things!

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  30. Oh wow.....what a charming and quaint English home....love it, and the english gardens
    are just amazingly beautiful........so many lovely roses and flowers. Your photography is wonderful......thank you so much for sharing these lovely photos, and loved the ones
    with the children playing as well......a very sweet and enjoyable post. Thanks.
    Blessings, Nellie

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