Garden Portrait: Mrs Greville’s Rose Garden

Mrs Greville’s rose garden at Polesden Lacey in the Surrey Hills  is set out in a simple cross pattern, with long, box-edged, wooden pergolas, adjoining seams of ‘Munstead’ and deeper ‘Hidcote’ lavenders, walls draped in clematis and a water tower festooned in an old Chinese wisteria, it is a mass of pink and white in the summer months.

This view is towards the well-head.

Town: Great Bookham
Postcode: RH5 6BD
County: Surrey
WebsitePolesden Lacey House and Gardens

39 Comments Add yours

  1. Lovely blooms, what a fab garden to visit.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It wasn’t too far from where we lived in Surrey, but we didn’t visit as often as we could have.

  2. D > If there’s one thing I miss of mainland life (and in this context that means England), it’s gardens like this! Beautiful photography – thank you!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Actually there are some gorgeous gardens in Scotland too! We found several in Dumfries and Galloway that were very beautiful. OK I realise that is not so far from the border 🙂

  3. Oh my goodness, it looks like heaven! I visited at Peony time and it was beautiful then, but I think I might need to go back at rose time this year!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I always say I must keep going back to gardens during the different seasons, but I am not good at remembering to do that! Maybe this year I shall do better!

  4. Tish Farrell says:

    Mm-mm. Those ‘raspberry ripply’ roses in the header look blissful. Thank you for that wonderful whoosh of rose scent that your post emitted 😉

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m doing my best to be positive in these gloomy months!

      1. Tish Farrell says:

        Very well done you. The gloom can get one down.

  5. Heide says:

    What a soothing balm you’ve offered for my winter-weary eyes! Such gorgeous flowers — and I love the thousand shades of green in the foliage too. Beautiful shots!

  6. How gorgeous! 😍 I can almost smell the roses.

  7. John Hric says:

    A gorgeous walk for a grey grey day. Thanks

  8. Sue says:

    Ah, not too far from me, but a while since I visited….

    1. Heyjude says:

      Spring might be a nice time and the main garden is level.

      1. Sue says:

        Potentially, yes!

  9. Su Leslie says:

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. I want to don the Laura Ashley and take up my wicker basket and secateurs — in a parallel universe of course where I actually own a dress. Thanks Jude for a lovely injection of garden heaven.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah yes, the Laura Ashley would work well here. I did once make some cloakroom curtains out of LA fabric. It was a very pretty green and mustard yellow sprigged pattern.

      1. Su Leslie says:

        That sounds lovely. I can imagine using the fabric in furnishing. I like the idea of myself dressed in Laura Ashley, but the reality is, I’m a jeans and gumboots kind of person and always have been.

        1. Heyjude says:

          I can’t imagine myself in a LA dress, but I did do time wearing ‘power suits’ (without the enormous padded shoulders I hasten to add) in former employment. On reflection I really was more suited (!) to being a landscape gardener, just a shame no-one told me I could be one.

        2. Su Leslie says:

          I had the padded shoulders!! And the chandelier earrings 😂😂 Actually, I still have the earrings.
          You have to wonder about how we end up I. The jobs we do. It never occurred to me I could be a librarian, yet I practically live in libraries and always have.

  10. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Wow, that looks like a beautiful place to visit.

  11. Dawn Dagger says:

    These are absolutely stunning!

    1. Heyjude says:

      A rose garden is very special.

  12. Lucid Gypsy says:

    A really feminine garden very pretty Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      When I wrote about the house and garden I had forgotten that I had actually visited once when the roses were in bloom! Never did catch the Iris garden though… have to be there in May I suppose.

  13. TeaShell says:

    Fresh and gorgeous. Thank you. Brings to mind witty conversation, triangle sandwiches, Earl Grey tea, and romance…sigh.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, yes, all of those things! Simply a ‘little’ second home 🙂 Click on the link to the full post about the house and garden if you want to see more.

  14. Haven’t been there for years since we lived in Farncombe- what a wonderful reminder, thanks.

    1. Heyjude says:

      You didn’t live far from us then, we were in Haslemere.

  15. BeckyB says:

    stunning . . . . for a moment sitting here I thought it was summer!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Won’t be long… says she optimistically 🙂

      1. BeckyB says:

        Have you been outside today. Took my breath away!!! I’m counting down the days to fly back to Jo 😎

        1. Heyjude says:

          Are you back in England? I hadn’t realised. Not so bad here – about 6.5 degrees – and no wind so quite pleasant in the sunshine. And SO nice to see sun at last!

        2. BeckyB says:

          I am! Just for a few more days 🙂

  16. The roses are beautiful. It won’t be long and they’ll be coming into flower again.

  17. Beautiful! My grandmother grew roses. One bush still survives (she passed in 1980)! My uncle and aunt look over it. It’s a harder bush. It has even been frozen in the cold WV winters and came back!

    Thank you for your post and pictures!

    1. Heyjude says:

      You are very welcome Sheila, thank you for your lovely comment.

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