EAST LAMBROOK MANOR - THE GARDEN OF MARGERY FISH - THE BEGIN OF MARGERY FISH'S COTTAGE STYLE OF GARDENING!
Privatbesitz: Robin und Marianne Williams
She discovered many new varieties of plant, saved others from extinction and broke from the tradition of the formal design, producing a garden which is a delight and an inspiration.
I don' t want to talk for a long time now. Come and walk with me in this lovely cottage garden. 6000 square meters are a lot, but you will see there are so many examples of what you can do in your garden - it' s really interesting!!
But - one thing I must tell you just at this moment. East Lambrook Manor is my favourite garden of all the gardens I have ever seen in my life. It' s completely my taste in the manner of gardening, in the selection of the plants and in the garden style itself.
Really! In my enthusiasm I forget to show you the white border at the 'Malt' House. But here it is possible to study exactly how Margery Fish did achieve her effects. With her thick planting she createed a new, natural style.
White Wisterias span the ditch. A Geranium is growing under the Wisteria like many varieties in many other places in this garden. An interesting fact - East Lambrook Manor is the origin of the National Geranium Collection!
At first the garden was totally wild and without any arrangement. Then Margery Fish formed a white, a silver and a green garden and a very extensive mixed border in the terrace garden.
Due to the publication of eight books and a lot of articles in garden magazines, Margery Fish quickly became a very important person in the English garden scene. When she died in 1969 the house and the garden remained in private ownership.
The Papavers orientalis exist in wonderful colors.
In spite of thick planting, the beautiful blooms like this peony have a good chance to be the great stars in the border.
I have a lot of pictures but I can' t decide what to show and what not to show you! Sorry, but you have to look at everything.
Wonderful roses are growing in the mixed borders at the old trees or alone.
There are three houses in East Lambrook Manor. The residential building in the South of the garden, the 'Malt' House and the 'Cow'House. The last two build an angle in the middle of the garden.
So there are sunny as well as shady parts. This rose is growing in half-shade and is conquering an old tree.
The 'Tea Room' is the best in Somerset over years. After a wonderful lunch we arrive at the central part of the ditch. Here we find Gladiolus communis ssp. byzantinus.
This gorgeous wild gladiolus with the spectacular colors is so stunning, I love them. The weather in my garden is too cold in Winter so I left the plant in the market garden.
The combination with the Euphorbia brings the colors to glow.
Luxuriant Euphorbia, Geranium, Helleborus, Symphytum, Ajuga, Thymus, Mentha, Acaena and Campanula belong to the plants with which Margery Fish established the tradition of the ground cover.
Reds and yellows are rare in East Lambrook Manor. Sometimes Margery Fish did plant it in combination with white blossoms.
Perennial herbs are growing in the most little fissures between the stones.
The variegated Acer pseudoplatanus 'Leopoldii' brings a special light effect in the garden.
East Lambrook Manor is so impressive - it is no wonder that such important gardeners like Beth Chatto and Joyce Robinson (Denmans) were influenced by this natural, wonderful garden. I' m not important, but I love East Lambrook Manor, it comes very close to my dream garden!