Adventures in Boots – Latimer House – December 2016

December is a quiet time for flowers in the garden but it’s a very aromatic time for winter flowering shrubs. Even though it isn’t winter just yet, this week I spotted a Viburnum x bodnantense whilst working in a garden. The blossom wasn’t quite fully open but the scent was sweet & pleasant. These stems […]

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Adventures in Boots – Coleton Fishacre – November 2016

It was like stepping back in time visiting Coleton Fishacre during our August bank holiday in Devon. The Arts & Craft styled house was superbly curated & reminded me of childhood visits to my grandmother’s home where the bathroom furniture & colours were similar. The house & garden are now under the guardianship of the […]

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Adventures in Boots – The Garden House – October 2016

When I looked at the map whilst on a recent trip to South Devon I thought The Garden House near Yelverton too far to travel through the busy windy roads in a campervan on an August bank holiday. However, tweeting with a fellow garden visiting pal put me right & we decided it would be […]

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Adventures in Boots – The Grove – September 2016

Adventures in Boots by Helen Reeley Last month was quite special-I got married. Yes! Fancy, an old bird like me getting married. I wouldn’t normally share such an event with YB readers/whole world but that evening, as a gift from our friends, we went to The Grove Hotel in Chandlers Cross which you may know […]

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Adventures in Boots – Sissinghurt – August 2016

Adventures in Boots by Helen Reeley On one of the few fine days we’ve had so far this summer I visited a ‘bogey’ garden of mine. A ‘bogey’ garden is an obvious garden you would’ve expected to see but have never quite around to bagging. The hawfinch is my bogey bird. Sissinghurst is the garden […]

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Adventures in Boots – Somerset – July 2016

A recent trip in our campervan took us to Somerset. I chose this area for a short bank holiday break because it’s a place we normally travel through rather than stop at. Also, and more importantly, there’s an art gallery in a village called Bruton with a garden recently designed by Piet Oudolf who is […]

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Adventures in Boots – Rousham House – June 2016

Adventures in Boots by Helen Reeley Rousham House & Gardens in Oxfordshire is the home of the Cottrell Dormer family built by Charles Bridgeman in the 1700’s & further enhanced by William Kent later on that century. Kent created a masterpiece in an Augustan style with ponds, terraces & statues to recall the scenes of […]

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Adventures in Boots – Ulting Wick – May 2016

The National Garden Scheme www.ngs.org.uk is a charity that raises funds for beneficieries connected with care & nursing charities. In the last ten years, among others, Macmillan, Marie Curie, Perennial & (for 2016) Horatio’s Garden have received £23 million in donations which makes the NGS the largest cumulative donor in the history of these charities. […]

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Adventures in Boots – Andalusia – April 2016

Recently I visited Andalusia again. I love this part of Spain & have been several times but never in March & I was surprised that spring wasn’t more advanced in fact it was really chilly. Spain is a wind energy leader in Europe with about 20% of its energy coming from wind power & Andalusia […]

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Adventures in Boots – Anglesey Abbey & Lode Mill – March 2016

Full marks to the National Trust for managing to get Anglesey Abbey & Lode Mill in Cambridgeshire full of visitors on a flat grey day in the middle of February. Arriving at 11.30pm thirty minutes after opening my friend & I found the car park full with hundreds of cars & the reception area brimming […]

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