It's been a busy week sorting out the garden and shop, so I'd like to share a garden visit from a recent trip.
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Located in Southeast England, Great Dixter is a glorious house with parts dating to the 1450s. The current house is the result of the original 15th century house and another 16th century one moved from a neighboring county. The two homes along with additions were combined by esteemed architect Edwin Lutyens for the Lloyd family in the early 1900s.
Surrounding the house are gardens designed in the Arts and Crafts style by Lutyens along with Nathanial and Christopher Lloyd (father and son). Christopher, a writer and charismatic personality, nurtured and made famous the gardens of whimsical topiaries, meadows, wildflowers, orchards, colorful borders, and potted plants.
Enjoy my photos from early summer ~
With a gentle lean, the medieval entrance greets visitors.
Above photo of Christopher Lloyd from Great Dixter.
A charming display of freshly picked flowers from the garden in canning jars.
The medieval Great Hall - above photo courtesy Great Dixter.
Photos inside were not allowed, but I accidentally (oops :-) snapped this lovely vignette of potted plants in the Great Hall.
The famous long border known for its colorful and imaginative planting scheme.
Photo of Lloyd with dachshund Dahlia by Jonathan Buckley for The Telegraph.
A large cluster of potted plants in the Wall Garden.
18 clipped yew birds stand sentinel in the Peacock Gallery.
I love the design and "heft" of this unusual gate.
A view of the house across the Topiary Lawn.
The Great Barn, photo via Great Dixter.