We opened our garden on a beautiful July day this year. I inherited my passion for gardening from my parents and have been a keen gardener most of my life. I have been developing the garden at Bradley, near Skipton in North Yorkshire, over the past twenty years with my long-suffering husband. The garden now has mature native trees and hedges that include Hornbeam, Beech and Box. Over the past few years I have changed the layout of the cottage garden to the front of the house, often to the dismay of my husband, who often told me my plants had legs as they were constantly on the move!
I have also incorporated a cutting garden. It is so exciting to be able to grow incredibly beautiful wedding flowers for bridal bouquets, flower crowns, church and venue arrangements and special occasions.
One thing I have always enjoyed about my garden is that I am reminded of family and friends whenever I wander round as, over the years I have received and given many cuttings and plants. The two parterre gardens that I set out twenty years ago are a perfect example as my Father painstakingly struck hundreds of Box cuttings from his own plants for them. Needless to say, the parterres are a very precious lasting reminder of him.
I have always had a passion for Roses and they all looked glorious for the open garden. Here is Charles de Mills and St Nicholas.
The garden has many perennials, shrubs and herbs, much to the delight of bees and other pollinators that visit the garden.
The weather was absolutely beautiful for the open gardens and visitors wandered round the gardens before relaxing over a cup of tea and home made cake.
Thank you to the very talented Georgina Brewster Photography for photos.