Whitton in Bloom - Little Paddocks
Originally a working farm, with haybarn, granary and milking parlour next door (now barn conversions), Little Paddocks was quite a challenge when taken over by its present owners in 1987. What is now a sweeping lawn was originally under metal farm buildings which had to be removed, a drive which went right through the current back garden had to be pick-axed out, and the JCB which was brought in for some of this work carefully buried all the top soil at the bottom.
However, after about two years of building work, attention could be turned to what is now a mature garden with mixed borders, ponds (complete with newts), and a fruit and vegetable plot. The garden is deliberately left a little unkempt - for instance a fallen tree trunk has been left to gently decay for the sake of the insects, and has been planted up with ferns. The borders include a variety of hardy geraniums and penstemons and a mixture of shrubs, and thyme has been allowed to self-seed into the paths to provide a fragrant walk.
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