A Romantic Garden

I wasn’t expecting to see very much on a visit to the Godolphin estate at the beginning of August. Many of the NT gardens have been closed since lockdown and staff, many voluntary, laid off so a lot of the planting that usually takes place and the regular maintenance of the gardens have not been done. But it is one of the closest gardens to us and being tired of staying close to home, but not wanting to go anywhere that would be busy (i.e. beaches) we booked tickets for a day that was supposed to be sunny and bright with the intention of a quick stroll around the garden and then a longer walk up Goldolphin Hill.

It is one of my favourite gardens, though not as popular with tourists as it is very small and doesn’t take very long to walk around, unlike the big estates where you can spend half a day. I like it though because it has the sort of borders I could replicate at home with many plants that appear more natural and where hummocks of sprawling low-growing perennials like hardy geraniums and lavender and sedum intermingle with taller spires and spikes of purple loosestrife and hollyhocks and unshackled roses left to meander where they liked giving an artist’s impression of a soft and romantic look.


  1. bushboy says:

    A lovely stroll thanks Jude šŸ˜€

    1. Heyjude says:

      Happy to have company Brian šŸ¤—

  2. margaret21 says:

    What a lovely quiet spot.

    1. Heyjude says:

      We like it. Gets a few bad reviews because it is quite small and the house isn’t open often as it is a holiday let. It’s not far from us so we often used to just pop in, not so easy now you have to book in advance.

  3. I’ve not visited Godolphin Gardens. Looks lovely, especially the loosestrife.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The sheltered walled garden is lovely, a little overgrown this year, but I love the plants they grow in there, all intermingled. That loosestife is a fabulous colour!

  4. It’s looking very beautiful, with so much colour and that very green grass.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha the grass is always green here šŸ˜

  5. Leya says:

    So much loveliness in a tiny spot – love that, Jude! Thank you for taking us – here most gardens are parched by now. Including mine.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Still very green and colourful here A-C but then we do get a lot of mist and rain!

  6. Such a beautiful garden. You’re right – a public garden that can actually be replicated (or an attempt made at…) is so worth the visit.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Definitely good for ideas of what grows locally. Though the walled garden is very much more sheltered than mine.

  7. beetleypete says:

    Sometimes, public gardens can look too ‘manicured’, to the extent that they appear unnnatural. I quite like to see something that has been left to get a little untidy.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Definitely a little more untidy than usual, but like you I kind of like that.

  8. Sue says:

    My kind of little garden, Jude….looks lovely

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, I think you would like it.

      1. Sue says:

        Iā€™m sure I would!

  9. restlessjo says:

    I like a soft romantic look, too šŸ¤—šŸ’•

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well that’s cos you’re a romantic softie šŸ„°

      1. restlessjo says:

        Afraid so ā˜¹ļøšŸ’•

        1. Heyjude says:

          No need for a sad face!

        2. restlessjo says:


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