Today I visited Gipsy House, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. The National Gardens Scheme opens public and private gardens to the general public for charity just once a year.
Gipsy House was the home of the late Roald Dahl, and it is still the home of his widow Felicity Dahl. This is a spectacular English country garden.
First port of call, naturally, was to the compost heap! It did not disappoint!
Next came Roald's rhubarb
. The gardener there told me that it was a shame that most of it did not get eaten. I suggested that they could sell bunches of it to the public who were entering the garden!
In the front corner of the garden this Gipsy caravan
had been bought and restored by Roald himself.
In the walled vegetable garden there was a greenhouse in which was an espalier nectarine tree
. I have never seen a nectarine growing in the UK before.
Right next to it in the greenhouse was this espalier pruned peach tree
. I wonder if this peach will grow up to be a Giant Peach
This was the most wonderful walled fruit and vegetable garden. It was a series of raised beds made from railway sleepers which were edged by well maintained step-over apple and pear trees, and fan trained and espalier trained fruit trees on the walls.
At the end of the garden path which was covered in a pleached lime tree walkway, was Roald Dahls garden shed. In this building he would write for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. He closed the curtains so that nothing could disturb him, and he always stopped just when things were getting interesting so that he was motivated to come back and continue.