We’re coming to the end of the open gardens season now, but I thought I’d share with you a wonderful garden I visited earlier in the summer. Back in July, I had the pleasure of visiting the garden at Fraithwen near Tregynon, here in Mid Wales.


Take a seat and enjoy the view.
Take a seat and enjoy the view.

Sydney Thomas has been opening her garden for the National Garden Scheme for twenty years this year and was presented with a National Garden Scheme fork and certificate in recognition of her wonderful work and support for the charity. Sydney is a very knowledgeable plantswoman and it was great to see her in action when anyone asked about a particular plant (and she could tell you what it was from a brief description of where it was in her garden!).

The garden at Fraithwen.

The garden.

Fraithwen garden.

Fraithwen has such a beautiful sweeping garden and you can see why National Garden Scheme visitors have been going back year after year.

Gaillardia Aristata


The one and a half-acre garden lies on the gentle slope of a hill. It has herbaceous borders, rockeries, ponds and a wealth of wildlife. Birds tweeted, bees buzzed and butterflies fluttered all around the garden while we were there. Even Sydney’s cat appeared for a bit of a fuss. You imagine the countryside to be quiet and peaceful, but Sydney’s garden is alive with the sound of nature!

Hoverfly on a flower.



Hoverfly on a flower.

Red-tailed bumblebee



Volunteers served plenty of tea and cake throughout the afternoon and the stall selling plants from Sydney’s garden did a good trade (with money from sales donated to deserving health charities through the National Garden Scheme).






Fraithwen is now open by arrangement (on pre-agreed dates) until the end of October. So if you wish to visit this beautiful garden this year, you’ll need to be quick! Please contact Sydney to discuss dates (details on the National Garden Scheme website).

Garden and greenhouse



  1. Kris P says:

    What a spectacular garden! You captured it’s beauty and its magic well, Nikki. I don’t think there’s another country in the world that does gardens as well as the UK – and no one here serves cake at open garden tours!

  2. Hi Nikki,

    I like the way you always manage to document your days out with such amazing pictures and text.

    I also wonder at the ingenuity and imagination of the home owners, who manage to make even the smallest space so full of colour and wildlife friendly. The bee shots in particular are fantastic 🙂

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend, the weather here is set to be dry and sunny 🙂


  3. Jayne says:

    Utterly beautiful, and behind the casual informality and appearance is an immense amount of work. Thank you for a lovely glimpse into your visit. Once upon a time I had fanciful aspirations of Bag End looking something like that. These days I don’t, and it doesn’t ☹️

  4. jeanie says:

    Stunning photos, Nikki, and just what I wanted to see on this gloomy day. Most of our gardens here are on their tail-end, fading or even dying blooms. They are beautiful in their way, but sorely lacking in the splash of color that these summer ones offer. So seeing one in full glory of summer is just the right antidote.

    And by the way, thanks for popping by! I always love your visits and comments!

  5. Thank you for yet another visit to a beautiful garden. There’s seems to be something to see everywhere you look, all those glorious flowers, the rockeries, the ponds, a cat … and cake, it seems you had a wonderful visit.

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