This Easter Monday I spent several lovely hours at Bluebell Cottage Gardens and Nursery.
Bluebell Cottage and Nursery is run by Sue and Dave Beesley and is in a wonderful part of Cheshire surrounded by beautiful countryside with a canal running alongside.
The 1.5 acre cottage garden was open under the National Gardens Scheme on this particular day, and will be again on August bank holiday if you wish to support the scheme. If you can’t make it in August the garden is open to the public from late March to the end of September. The garden is set out in a pleasing manner with lots of island beds which can viewed from all angles, a couple of ponds and plenty of pathways with pergolas and arches adding extra interest. On the way out don’t forget to stop and spend some times with the chickens.
Although it’s still only April there was plenty of interest with lots of colourful tulips on display and very large Lilac trees. My favourite plant was Clematis recta ‘Velvet Night’ which is going on my wish-list.
Refreshments are available in the Tea Shop and there are plenty of seating areas throughout the garden to sit, relax and enjoy the setting.
The attached nursery specialises in hardy herbaceous perennials with over 1000 varieties to choose from. I chose Phlox paniculata ‘Bright Eyes’, Angelica gigas and Pententilla atrosanguinea; not sure where I’m going to put them yet but I’ll squeeze them in!
The 2 acre bluebell wood was awash with bluebells and finished off the day splendidly.
Sue regularly speaks at horticultural and social groups across the north west and, most days, can be found on Twitter @suebeesley. Horticultural events are held throughout the year in association with the RHS, including photography, painting and propagation workshops.