Saturday, 1 June 2013

Wickham Place Farm Garden - Wisteria Time - Pt. 1

Had a delightful visit yesterday to this privately owned garden
The owners bought the house and land (19 acres of woodland and 4 acres of garden) in 1987 in an overgrown and dilapidated state knowing it would be a 'job for life' 

They allow the public access on certain days as part of the National Gardens Scheme and the proceeds go to a local Hospice

As I have so many photos of this lovely garden I am concentrating on the Wisteria for this post and will post the rest of the garden in part 2 with some more information

The front of the house

This is part of the outside of the walled garden with a
250 foot long Wisteria show

There is Wisteria growing in many places but sitting inside this brick pergola the perfume was intoxicating 

climbing to the top of this very tall tree

The way in and out to the back of the house for visitors
so the perfume hits one immediately


Needled Mom said...

The wisteria is absolutely gorgeous. I can imagine what it must have smelled like as you walked about the garden.

Vee said...

Beautiful photos of a very impressive wisteria garden. I really like the photo of the wisteria against a round window in the wall...not sure as in my little garden I have a mirror so perhaps it is tricking me. Wisteria doesn't grow in my corner so I love to see it and would definitely love to smell it.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That wisteria is just breath taking I've never seen so much of it in one place as that is. I could almost smell it right through your post today!

Bernideen said...

I just showed these photos to my husband - he has allergies. I said to him "Look at this how gorgeous and the smell would be incredible" - he said, "that would send me right to heaven"!

These gardens are fabulous.

Elizabethd said...

How beautiful. I would just want to lie on the grass and gaze.
I think the Wisteria was photographed for the Telegraph recently, and I so admired it.

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

So amazing and huge. I had a wisteria covered arbor in an old house we lived in, and the floor of it used to get a layer of lavender petals so you were completely surrounded by wisteria blossoms. They are so tough too.
A wonderful garden you have shared here.

Terri said...

I can almost smell it! I did get a few Wisteria to start from seed, but then I gave them all away, and don't know if the kids were able to keep them growing.
Looking forward to the rest of the story!

Annie said...

Astonishing. Must smell so good. And can you imagine how busy the bees are? They have to be in pollen heaven.

Lori Zehr said...

How beautiful! Once when in the south (United States) I noticed what I think is a wild, or uncultivated variety of wisteria growing profusely in the woods. It was draping from the trees and was lovely. The locals seemed to take it for granted, but I thought it was enchanting. These pictures you posted were so pretty they were fairy-tale quality!

La Petite Gallery said...

Oh Barbara, This morning my Daughter set up coffee under the arbor
and the wisteria had all opened.
After seeing this post I have to get the wisteria with those long pendulous racemes. It's all in knowing what to buy. Loved the post.
Have a beautiful Sunday.

Willow said...

What a beautiful place this is. Yes, I can imagine that it was a 'work for life'.

Cathy said...

Astounding! I've always wanted to add Wisteria to my garden but I understand you must have a really strong support for it and that it can even take down a tree if it's not big enough.

CherryPie said...

It looks very beautiful, I can't wait for the next installment :-)

Sara said...

That is quite a sight! Wish I could be there to smell the fragrance also. It's so beautiful along the brick wall, and that other wisteria is amazing too. Like seeing the curtain of blooms from behind the vine. I hope it does not kill that tree!

Linda Gruchy said...

A lovely set of photographs. You should come back in the autumn when the cyclamen are out.