The Potager
Traditionally a walled garden of early vegetables, fruits and cutting flowers, protected by high walls, this garden is also a haven for bees and other invertebrates. A beautiful wrought iron gate features images of the teasels nodding just inside. The Potager is a favourite with the school groups who respond well to the variety of plants in this garden where self seeded verbascum, poppies, fennel, foxgloves, hollyhock and parsnip stand alongside dahlias and annuals such as cosmos and ageratum. With permanent beds of rhubarb and asparagus, espaliered pear trees adorn the south wall whilst cherries and redcurrants decorate the north wall. On the eastern side an apricot house also hosts tomatoes and capsicums. Sweet peas, grown for the house, tearoom and shop, climb up hazel sticks alongside rows of succulent vegetables.