However, before leaving home I also arranged to visit one private garden in the Cotswolds. Stone House Garden is in the pretty village of Wyck Rissington. Behind high stone walls Katie Lukas has designed and planted one of the most delightful gardens I have ever visited.
Come with me through the garden gate.
You might expect this view of the house to be from the street but it is actually the side view of the house. The lawn is surrounded by deep perennial beds overflowing with color and form.
In one corner of the garden clipped topiaries lead the way to the summer house, a must in every English garden.
Which way to go first! We took the pathway along the stone wall. It led into the tennis court garden.
Another summer house, festooned with climbing roses, had a second life as a storage room for garden equipment.
We passed through into the pool garden.
The high stone walls divide the garden into a series of rooms. They are also used to create raised planting beds. This incredibly fragrant rose is Gertrude Jekyll. I wonder if I could find it over here. Her cerise pink color and fragrance are reminiscent of my Zephirine drouin.
Along side the pool garden a gravel pathway broken by diamond shaped stone separators.
Creative use of stones and broken tile.
An archway leads to the open fields and meadows.
Aubretia and campanulas everywhere.
A surprise view through a window in the tall hedge reveals a water feature.
Raised vegetable beds
In the meadow garden someone has crafted a dog from chicken wire.
More beautiful stonework.
In contrast to the Cotswold stone a brick paved garden with miniature topiary bushes. Geraniums were in flower all over England and here they flank the pathway.
View from the lawn down into the pool garden.
I was sorry not to meet the creator of this wonderful garden. Unfortunately Katie Lukas was away from the house when we visited on the Monday morning. As this was a private visit we had the whole garden to ourselves, save for the Lukas' little dog, and it was easy to pretend that it was our own garden!
Level changes add interest, the stone steps leading us back up to the pathway which leads back round to the front of the house.
As we left we glanced back at the house to the roses flanking the stone mullioned windows. Simply gorgeous.
Driving through the picturesque village we stopped to photograph this stone structure. I am told it is a Victorian drinking fountain, no longer functional.
And this pretty Cotswold cottage. The English seem to have the knack of pruning their roses flat against the wall. Something I have never mastered.