Looking through my Twitter feed this morning, I noticed via NGS that Oare House near Marlborough was open today, and since it's only open twice a year, plus it was very lavishly described on page 594 of the Yellow Book, I decided to pay it a visit.
The 1740s house extended in the 1920s by William Clough Ellis is splendid, and there are some lovely pots around the house, and small garden areas with long borders, a small greenhouse filled with tender pelargoniums, all of which I photographed, not realising that there were far more photogenic aspects to the visit.
Here are a selection of photographs illustrating the most interesting parts of the garden which took 2 hours to look round, and that was with a speeded up last section.
At the back of the house, there 's a huge formal lawn and borders:
I.M. Pei who also designed the pyramids at the Louvre in Paris. Here's more information: http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/wiltshire/hi/people_and_places/newsid_8506000/8506716.stm
Here it is this afternoon:
Back at the gardens, the kitchen gardens are extensive and micro managed, providing plenty of fresh vegetables
These were tremendous, with this huge Fuchsia with a thick woody stem, yet a smallish pot being very impressive. There were many tender pelargoniums including my all time favourite Pelargonium ardens behaving itself remarkably well for once.