------ Hodges Barn ------ Privatgarten in Tetbury ------
Arts-and-Crafts Garden in the Cotswolds (8 acres)
This garden is best in June when the old roses bloom.
When the original house burnt down in 1556, it wasn' t rebuilt.
In 1938, the barn was transformed into a residential building. But when WW II began, it remained uninhabited.
In 1945, the house was then purchased by "The Honorable Mrs. Struti" the grandmother of its present owner, Mrs. Charles Hornby.
The terraces, courtyards and gardens are divided into rooms and are either surrounded by stone walls or by hedges.
The different garden rooms, like this pool garden with its loggia, are surrounded by hedges or by stone walls.
The planted pots around the swimming pool are of particular interest.
The garden is planted with interesting and unusual plants - here in the pool garden the Angelica is growing.
The mixed and herbaceous borders have been lavishly planted - all are true eye catchers!
When we look more closely, we discover a great variety of wonderful flower combinations.
The spacious, lightning working way let the harmony of colors more light up.
Light and shadow accompany us over the green to the wood garden.
A big weeping willow has spread its branches out over a pond that has been layed out naturally.
Then, we go back to the perennial herb and the rose gardens. Still today, I can see Mrs. Hornby in my mind cutting the roses.
This little gateway brings us directly into the rose paradise.
The planting is very dense and there are always new surprising combinations to admire!
Wether in the silver bed or in the rose beds, the Cotswolds stone walls , encourage the growth of wild roses and climbing roses, Clematis, Hydrangeas or Ceanothus.
When I think back to this afternoon in Hodges Barn, I start dreaming!
The color scala and the graduation of the heights are perfect.
Geranium and Campanula compete with the roses for the observer' s attention.
Roses, roses, everywhere! Even under higher trees, they are hanging towards the earth or trying to climb up into the sky.
Between them, carefully created combinations put fantasy and excitement make the garden more fantastical and exciting.
The flowers are fascinating, but it' s time to go. It' s too bad I couldn' t bring the smell of the wonderful roses to you.