Earlier on in the week Celia tweeted me asking 'do you fancy visiting Fullers Mill?'. A quick google, a 'yes' reply and some provisional (dependent on the weather) arrangements were made. Fortunately the weather today was good so off we set.
The 7 acre garden is on the banks of the River Lark just north of Bury St Edmunds, tucked away down a Forestry Commission track through the forest.
I loved the huge swathes of planting of one plant, the bees really loved this gernanium (macrorrhizum I think)
and the alliums growing through the grass were very effective too.
All through the garden were beautiful colour and texture combinations
In the middle of the garden is a mill pond, which I didn't realise (until I got home and read the leaflet) would have originally have had a water wheel that powered mallets to pound locally made cloth to make it thicker and fuller (hence the name Fullers Mill).
Now the mill pond (just visible on the left of the picture below) has a beautiful range of planting around it (both Celia and I loved the dark Astrantia, Claret, and both wondered how they got it to flourish when neither of us could!).
I also liked how the shrubs had been pruned to enable paths and beds to be created under them
and the silver birches under planted with elaeagnus in the top garden were simply stunning.
It's a garden I want to revisit at different times during the year as I'm sure the planting is such to enable new plants to take over when the current ones are finished. (Actually I'd quite like to live there as it was definitely my sort of garden, and the cake was rather good too!)