19 Jul 2012
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

Now that the sun’s come out of hiding, I can turn my thoughts and hand to my garden at the Hunting Lodge. And be inspired by Hugh Cavendish’s fascinating book on his gardens at Holker Hall, a magical stretch of land set almost on the sea near the vastly tidal Morecambe Bay….with the combination of glistening sands and Cumbrian peaks it is breathtaking.

Called ‘A Time to Plant’, Lord Cavendish’s book, with ravishing photographs by his wife Grania, is anything but a dry ‘How – to’, more a quite gossipy reminiscence of how the garden grew, and the characters that created it, with Hugh’s unconventional likes and dislikes thrown in.

We all have things in our gardens with the Latin name Hookeriana in them. This book shows joyfully why and how beautifully they grew in this, their original home.

3 Responses to “EARTHLY DELIGHTS”

  1. Holker Hall, Morecambe Bay, that drive from Cartmel and Grange-over-Sands, total bliss.

    Holker Hall and the whole area has soul.

    You always know.

  2. Jan how are you! Lovely to see you hear and i hope the advice turned out a treat. lots of love. Colette

  3. Thank you Colette, have to say loved your ‘Jubilee’ frock, Babe Paley eat your …. also loved the desk piece, you are so spot on, what is it with desks, all that man made order, have you seen that picture of Edith Wharton at her desk, it is in her book on how to decorate (or something)

    Anyhoo, back to your kind enquiry, I treasure our time together, everyone should meet their hero!

    Love to you and the divine Mr. H. – x- Jan

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