2 Wiltshire gardens, Ordnance House and Chisenbury Priory

Chisenbury Priory
There was much of interest in this beautifully restful garden of 5 acres. The perfectly mown lawns in the walled front garden were surrounded by borders of purple flowered alliums which created a bright welcome on a rather overcast day. There were no end of delights as we wandered through a beautiful pergola, past a lake and into a vast meadow area with mown paths through buttercups and patches of dark blue camassia. We greatly appreciated the owner being on hand to answer questions. There was so much to see that many of us would have been happy to linger longer.

Ordnance House
Created from solid chalk with much back breaking work from August 2011 this garden was very thoughtfully planned and planted. We welcomed a talk from the owner about the history of the property. The curved beds, box balls and topiary gave structure to many informal plantings of a glorious mixture of spring plants such as Hesperis, white Alliums and Iris. Masses of lavender plants provided a more formal element. The raised vegetable beds were a very neat. The land having been used in the past to store ordnance for the Royal Navy brought to mind the saying ‘All shipshape and Bristol fashion’ which was mirrored in the garden. To create such attractive plantings in under half an acre from nothing in such a relatively short time is a very impressive achievement and it would be interesting to visit again in a few years’ time.

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