Saturday, 19 June 2021

Westbrook House, West Bradley Visit

 On the same day that we visited Batcombe House, it was to Westbrook House, near Glastonbury that we spent the afternoon.  Gertrude was at the front gate to welcome us, and Mr S felt immediately comfortable and looked forward to having this self assured lady as companion for an hour or two.  Her owner and the designers and owners of this magnificent garden made us feel most welcome, and the drinks and home made lemon drizzle cake very much appreciated.

The front garden retains its original layout, but with new planting, now maturing nicely.  Right down to the middle of the turning circle, in the front garden where  the yellow helianthemum 'Wisley Primrose' struck me as a great summer colour, one felt that this garden would work at any time of the year.

Garden gates again caught my eye, and on entering the side garden, my gaze was drawn to the geraium house.

Each area showed what  a great eye for design and knowledge of plants David and Keith have.  

One particular geranium, which looked like a green and white leaved miniature, was covered with numerous stems of single coral blooms. Sadly there was no name, but if you have any idea, please do leave your suggestions in the comment section. 

On our way through to the back garden, the shady corners had magnificent pots of hostas.

The lawns were marked with great tree planting

Seating was position around the garden and here flanked by large pots of geraniums, 

Or maybe a different view across the lawn...

Or somewhere more private in amongst the orchards and tree collections

Even the log store was placed and arranged to maximise the esthetic of the garden.

I shall certainly want to visit this garden again....


  1. Oh that looks a most well maintained and interesting garden for a visit Noelle. It must have been an enjoyable afternoon.

    1. Yes Anna, and to think we visited another garden of equal stature in the morning.

  2. I don't know which pelargonium that is but I'm in love with it. Wow! What a lovely garden that is.

    1. Me too, I 'dragged' the owner there, and I really thought he may have offered me a cutting...but no, and he didn't know the name either. Maybe someone will recognise it, I would say it was at least four or five years old.

  3. Two garden visits in one day are better than just one - good organisatio, Noelle!

    1. Yes The HPS Somerset group came up trumps. I've added David to all my organisations so that he can come on the visits, though he doesn't come to the lectures etc.