Thursday, 5 March 2015

The enchanted kitchen garden

Tatton-kitchen-garden-gatesSo many things that I am rather partial to in one little place today....

Here we go..................

Wrought iron gates, swirly, decorative grand entrances and ornate designs.

Kitchen gardens with their rows of produce and grand ideas that they give me for my small allotment plot.
garden-arches Archways with absolutely anything scrambling their way across, whether its a vine or a rose or a fruiting arch like this which will look magnificent in a few week's time full of white blossom. Roll on all the photo opportunities. garden goblin Mythical creatures, still love my fairytales so finding a goblin hovering in the borders was exciting. And of course it is a scarecrow and I completely love scarecrows, straw hat wearing freakish things that they are. In this garden though there are enchanted scarecrows so all sorts of fantastical creatures and beings. a-pretty-kitchen-garden Rhubarb forcers oh how I long for one but it would probably wander off the plot and too expensive to take the risk. They look lovely though and better than the bucket I am using on my rhubarb coming through at the allotment.garden-gnome-scarecrow Helpful gnomes who help the rangers look after the deer. all-about-gnomes Now maybe it is my imagination but I see Zero the dog from The Nightmare Before Christmas in the topiary. There's a spectre guarding the gate here. dog-topiary leek plant label Pretty wooden plant markers are an idea I am pinching for the plot. I'm going to paint them in different colours like these I found on Pinterest. ogre-in-the-garden Secret passages and nooks and crannies. Turn this way and that way, another area to explore. Past the ogre............Tatton-gardens and little pond tatton-kitchen-garden-in-winter Perfect vignettes set up by windows always a favourite shot for me. tools parsley garden ghouls Rows of things, anything. My eye drawn to them. Rows of purple sprouts, canes, winter lettuce, cloches...purple-sprouting huge-dragonfly_ Dragonflies and a graceful scarecrow here- brilliant idea. How many scarecrows can I have at home or the plot? Just can't make my mind up what character to weave together. Have you ever made one. I really do have a fascination for them. buy-garden-produce Of course the kitchen garden at Tatton is a walled garden, my dream garden. Walls for espaliered fruit to grow along and a warm microclimate keeping the worst of the frost away.vegetable-garden Beneficial bug houses, so easy to make from bricks, tiles, old wood and canes. Great for providing a home for the creepy crawlies. I'm going to make one of these for the allotment too. bug house strange-scarecrow Tatton-fig-house More glasshouses like last week; this is the fig house. My favourite enchanted scarecrow, the pixie, what a pleasant fellow he was. pixie-scarecrow pots-and-rhubarb-forcers Always one to sneak a peek behind the scenes. Nosy person that I am.  photo behind-the-garden-scenes Finally, great spooky ghost scarecrow, a fearful looking spirit all netcurtained against the wall. garden-spirit The scarecrow festival is held at Tatton Park in Cheshire every February. Our next local scarecrow festival is at Quarry Bank Mill on the 23rd May.

There were 70 scarecrows in total so I still have the rest of them to show you. Sorry! I'll bore you rigid with them.

If you are fed up of tattie bogels, please go and see what garden tales are happening on How Does Your Garden Grow? at Mammasaurus.

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13 comments:

lilmuselily said...

hat a fun place to visit! especially with a little one

Mammasaurus said...

Cool! That net-curtain one reminds me of the grasshoppers in A Bug's Life! Walled gardens always rock my world but seeing all the scarecrows is extra cool isn't it? Anything that sparks kids imaginations and interest in gardens (plus us grown ups love them too).
Loving that shot through the window onto the spade handle - just flipping lovely. Thank you for joining in again x

Gemma Garner said...

Those ghost cloches are brilliant :) I really like the 'leek' handwriting on that plant marker, puts my markers to shame.

Jocelyn (@ReadingRes) said...

Oh, we went to Tatton last Feruary and saw the scarecrom festival. fabulous to see an you've remineded me that I'd like to go back there again this summer to see those fabulous gardnes in full bloom.

Ness said...

I do love a kitchen garden! Look at all that produce just waiting to be grow! I must find the time to go over to Tatton one day.

Lee said...

Hi,we used to love puzzles as children and to see who could finish first.xx

citygirl101 said...

Wow, Tatton looks all kinds of crazy amazing! Love how imaginative they are with scarecrows!

Kriss MacDonald said...

Fabulous all the creative imagination on display in the kitchen garden. "Sigh" another place to visit to add to my wishlist.

lorna davis said...

At first I thought these were taken at Escot Gardens, here in East Devon, it looks very similar, except they don't feature these amazing scarecrows that you've captured here- fantastic!
I too am a 'peeker'. Always one to have a nosey at what's going on behind the scenes. Thanks for the tour :)

Catherine said...

What a fabulous place to explore, I love that they've made a very 'grown-up' area like a formal kitchen garden interesting for the kids too. Those scarecrows are wonderful, I've never made one but it would be a great thing to do with the kids for our allotment.


I too am forcing rhubarb under an unattractive bucket - and I too have lovely terracotta forcer envy!

Helen Sims The good life mum said...

What a wonderful garden to explore and my favourite picture has to be the closhes that look like ghosts that is really eye catching and funny

Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault said...

I would love to have a walled garden although I did read that sometimes they can act as frost pockets. Lovely pictures of a lovely garden. #HDYGG

Stephanie Robinson said...

What a lovely place and such fun with those ghosts too! I love those cloches - very Halloween 👽 #hdygg

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