I’m not very good at posting wider vistas of the garden, I always seem to get lost in the detail and the next plant discovery. These photos are from what we call “the main garden” which is the semi-formal-but-quite-wild-quasi-woodland area. It is shady, cool and sheltered from the wind. Visitors tend to call it “the secret garden”. This area was very overgrown when we first moved in – we had no idea that the gravel paths even existed. We’ve been through twice now with loppers and saws in hand, hardening our hearts as we pruned pruned pruned to let light and air in. Our reward has been things flowering this year that didn’t last – the delicate iris, an amazing peony, stunning hellebore. I’ve got lots more to share from this wonderful part of the garden – my favourite is the weeping scotch elm – in the meantime I hope these photos give you a sense of what it’s like in this little bit of paradise.