How does your garden grow?

We celebrated our gift of membership of the National Trust by visiting The Vyne, near Basingstoke. Far better to be near Basingstoke than in it. As George V almost said, Bugger Basingstoke. And they did.

I wanted to see the gardens. As chance would have it we ran out of time and never went into the walled gardens. Next week, said Mrs. Ha. We did however walk around the open areas and through the house. Thoroughly recommended. I added to my gardening library with 2 hefty NT books, just to get more ideas. Mrs. Ha was delighted to see horses, cows and a significant number of semi-feral children. I heard the dulcet tones of a would-be Joyce Grenfell calling to her elder hooligan son, George, don’t do that. The younger offspring was writhing on the floor, wailing in distress as a result of a particularly vicious running kick to the legs from the hooligan. A more enlightened mother might have given her elder cost centre a kicking of his own but sadly the Victorian approach to child care seems to have gone out of fashion.

Here are some of today’s NT memories. untitled-1The English at Playuntitled-2The Garden Ponduntitled-4-2Use the side door please….untitled-7Power to the Posh People?untitled-12A red hot poker, especially for George.untitled-20Mrs. Ha sprinting ahead.untitled-24Cows should be seen and not herd?untitled-26



untitled-29Some of the best stained glass you will ever seeuntitled-31



22 thoughts on “How does your garden grow?

  1. When I saw the flower I figured that was the high point of the images…until I scrolled down to the stained glass. I’ve always loved stained glass and used to sit and stare at the window by the landing in my aunt’s stairwell.
    Wonder what that power fist is holding. Looks a bit phallic. Maybe it’s just a carrot.

    • I would love to do the stained glass justice Steve. Tripod and TS lens but I made do with hand held – my 35m F1.4 Fujinon. It is very impressive. A private chapel in a ‘palace’ that was once host to Henry VIII.

      • No doubt on the list for return trips. Here’s one that I did for Mary Beth’s church.

        The window is “The Angel of the Lilies” created by the Tiffany Studios. Not an artistic shot as it was part of a celebration.
        I’ll look forward to you shooting this again should you decide to do so.

      • Would they possibly have arranged times for photographers before or after hours? I am sure those windows must have been photographed seriously more than once. At any rate, thanks for sharing them. They are a delight.

  2. Welcome to the NT, we’ve been members for 30 + years. Down in this part of the world we have Churchills home, Chartwell with magnificent gardens and house, Scotney Castle, Ightham Mote, Knole, Sissinghurst, home to Vita Sackville-West, and Batemans, home to Rudyard Kipling, plus many, many more. Time you vusited us before our move to Dorset!

  3. Despite the naughty children, and running out of time, your sight seeing adventures seem to go rather well. I do love your photography, Andrew. It’s very, very good!

  4. Semi-feral children and cows that should be seen and not herd. Gee you are too witty. Got a good laugh from your puns and very observant human behavior. Semi-feral children is about the best description for today’s spoiled and undisciplined kiddos. Loved the photos. Gives one a “taste” of life in GB.

  5. So much for Victorian childrearing, Andrew, but the pictures with families enjoying the great landscapes are excellent! My favorite is the one with all the stained glass. It’s a perfect blend of blowers and glass!

  6. So, what is it about Basingstoke that is so dire?? All I could determine is it’s called Doughnut City because of all the round-abouts. (What do you call them over there?)

    Stained glass windows are rather captivating. Are your featured windows well protected from vandals and semi-feral kids?

  7. A very particular view of England. We were in Cambridge today… and you might have expected similar scenes, but as we walked across the vast green space of Parker’s Piece it was a hive of multicultural, multi-generational activity and cheerfulness.

  8. Always lots of gardening inspiration at those National Trust places. And the proportions of the old buildings are, well, classic.

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