Ivy Croft

Ivy Croft

A garden is a great place to unwind and de-stress, so when in need of a day out this past Wednesday I took a look at the National Garden Scheme website to see what gardens were open. I discovered Ivy Croft, described as “a maturing rural garden with areas of meadow, wood and orchard, blending with the countryside and providing habitat for wildlife”. Perfect!

White butterfly.

White butterfly.

We pre-booked our tickets via the website (a must these days with COVID-19 restrictions) and we were on our way. Ivy Croft was just over an hour’s drive from home and across the border in Herefordshire. We found Ivy Croft down a country lane (which, to be honest, is where you usually find these open gardens!).

When we arrived we discovered we had the garden to ourselves as nobody else had booked that afternoon. Roger, the owner, gave us a brief introduction to the garden and let us explore at our own leisure.

A Southern Hawker dragonfly.
A Southern Hawker dragonfly.

First, we headed to the garden surrounding the cottage. Almost immediately, I spotted a dragonfly (which I think is a male Southern Hawker). Bees and butterflies were fluttering and buzzing about too. I loved how the cottage garden was split into sections and each one was different.

The cottage at Ivy Croft.
The cottage at Ivy Croft.
The cottage garden.
The cottage garden.

The cottage garden.

At the side of the cottage.
At the side of the cottage.

We found another enclosed garden area with a wide range of plants, vegetables and an abundance of apples. As always, my attention was drawn to the array of dahlias around the garden. Again, bees and butterflies were enjoying this part of the garden as much as I was.

An array of plants.

A bee on a dahlia.

A dahlia in the garden.

A bee on a dahlia.

Dahlia.

It was a joy to walk through the meadow and orchard in the September sun. In one corner we found a wild area, left to attract wildlife, no doubt. In another area, we found my Dad sitting beneath a tree, enjoying the view. Whenever I take my parents to an open garden, Dad often wanders off on his own and can usually be found relaxing on a bench somewhere.

The meadow at Ivy Croft.

The meadow.

The wild area of the garden.

Dad relaxing on a bench at Ivy Croft.
Dad relaxing on a bench at Ivy Croft.

Pinecones.

The trees in the orchard held copious amounts of apples just waiting to be picked. Amongst the apple trees, some chickens pottered around their pen, shaded from the heat. They were a little camera shy though.

An apple tree in the orchard.
An apple tree in the orchard.

Apples in the orchard.

A chicken at Ivy Croft.

Back in the nursery area, we ended up buying some dahlias. That’s another thing I love at NGS open gardens, you just never know what plants you might find for sale.

A dahlia.

Dahlia.

Ivy Croft is open again on Wednesday 23rd September and Wednesday 30th September, but remember to pre-book on the NGS website if you’re thinking of visiting.

Ivy Croft, Ivington Green, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0JN

35 comments

  1. Hi Nikki,

    I do like that your posts tell the story of your day out in pictures and I can see how much you are enjoying yourself by the beautiful photograph compositions.

    Your dad also looks lovely and relaxed, so it obviously did him a lot of good too!

    This is definitely a garden to attract the wildlife.

    I hope that all is well with you and thanks for a lovely post 🙂

    Yvonne xx

  2. Jo says:

    What a fabulous garden, and house too. That must be a compliment to the owners, when a visitor can take themselves off somewhere to sit, relax and enjoy their surroundings.

  3. Kelly says:

    So many lovely photos from what must have been a wonderful outing! I think my favorite is that dragonfly. We have many colors here, but I don’t think I’ve seen one with yellow like that before. Good action shot of the chicken! (trying to get away, I’m sure)

  4. Bijoux says:

    So lovely! I especially enjoyed the dragonfly photo as I don’t often see them. I’ve visited a number of gardens this summer as well. It’s been one positive of the pandemic; finding outdoor adventures.

  5. Kris P says:

    It’s a beautiful garden, and so different than anything you’d see in my part of the world. I love the dragonfly pic and your photos of the bees busy collecting nectar from the dahlias reminded me that, next year, I should get some of the single-petaled dahlia varieties that bees prefer (not that I don’t have a lot else available to them in my garden at present).

  6. Sophie says:

    This looks beautiful, it seems like such a nice place to visit, especially while the weather is still fairly nice! It looks like you got a pretty good day for it. All of your photos are so pretty, the house itself looks lovely as well. Your dad seems very relaxed on the bench! x

    Sophie

  7. jeanie says:

    You are so fortunate to be able to take your parents to a wonderful spot like this. This is “my” kind of garden — obviously curated and tended and yet with that wild, free, happy look. Almost like it just happened. (I learned a long time ago gardens don’t “happen” without a lot of work!) I love the name Ivy Croft. It’s evocative of the beauty.

  8. I could not agree with you more about garden being a great place to unwind and de-stress. You found such a beautiful one too! Your dad certainly looks very relaxed there. Gorgeous dragonfly and I love the photo of the door.

    -Soma

  9. What a gorgeous place! It looks so peaceful, with just the greenery flowers, bees and dragonflies. That bench area that your dad’s sitting on in the photo looks really relaxing to just soak up the bliss. Ivy Croft looks like a little slice of heaven and you’ve got some amazing photos! xx

  10. Oh to have a garden like Ivy Croft – it looks like such a serene place. I need to find a good coat and step out into nature a bit more, although I’m very proud of myself as I went for a long walk with friends the other day 🙂

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