Visit to The Mount – NGS – 12.7.20

If you’re up for a restoration project – The Mount – today’s @nationalgardenscheme garden – is an inspiration.

Mrs Claxton’s favourite garden so far – in a rural backwater of Rochester – a stunning Georgian house with beautiful gardens is truly wonderful.

For me the highlights were the restored kitchen garden, hothouses, beautiful shaded meadow planting, a pond with the perfect waterlily flower, and a stunning white and yellow border- punctuated by yew hedge bookends.

Imaginative ground cover with creeping Thyme and a mown labyrinth for small scale charm, contrasted with a magnificent ancient Cedar towering over the summerhouse.

Lots of ideas to think about here: Lonicera nitida giving a neatly clipped alternative to yew or box hedges, raised asparagus beds for those of us with lumbago.

Refreshments taken in the kitchen garden included home-made cheese muffins and elderflower cordial. What more could you ask for?

In the beginning…

Today is my first blog as part of this exciting new project. I’ve never done anything like this before, and it’s all the more weird because I know nobody’s following me!

Nevertheless it’s important to start how I mean to go on. As well as my day job, today I’m hopefully taking receipt of some important texts for my course. I’m also going to start getting my head around the first modules and chart a timetable for the course – which will be tricky while I’m still working full time as a GP…