Garden Tours


I visited a garden today – in Cornwall, England.

Absolutely beautiful! 🌸

And then I popped into one in Derbyshire later on.

Charming. 😃

How did I do that, you may ask? Do I have a private jet? A helicopter? Can I beam myself from Bavaria to England? (Wish I could!)

No, I looked at NGS charity website and clicked on the button for Virtual Garden Visits.

When it became clear that the NGS (National Garden Scheme) gardens would be unable to open their gates to the public in spring in order to raise money for the nurses they support, the charity decided to share some virtual garden tours on their website instead. At the peak of the lockdown this was such a wonderful way to while away a few hours and escape reality, viewing some enchanting gardens all across Britain.

Mum‘s Pink Poppy

Well, with some of the restrictions being lifted in the UK, most of the gardens are now open at last, albeit with the booking of time slots as a requirement. Details of the gardens are up-to-date on the website and booking a time slot can be done online too. It‘s really easy.

Californian Poppies

If you can‘t visit one yourself, or there isn‘t one near you, do take a look at some of the virtual tours instead. And perhaps you might consider making a small donation while you are on the website? The charity has almost reached its target of £100,000  for its Help Support our Nurses campaign launched in April. Every little helps.

And here is a mini tour of my own garden in Bavaria as it stands so far. 😃



32 thoughts on “Garden Tours

  1. Cathy thank you so much for the link to visit the NGS Gardens. Now I will see one !! The video of your garden is sublime with the singing of the birds as is your garden that is wonderful, divine, charming and with very special views of the forest: I love it and I love it !! It is a garden full of flowers and plants that I love all of. It’s a paradise. On July 6, if there are no more delays, my Mother’s eye is operated on for glaucoma and cataracts. Perhaps it is absent, because I have to drop it every few hours and take care of it because it has to rest. Take good care of yourself and enjoy the wonderful Bavarian garden. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita xx

  2. Thanks for the links for NGS virtual tours.
    I enjoyed seeing yours as well… it is advancing quickly. You’ve put in a whole forest of trees out there!
    I would have loved to hear your voice telling us all about it as well 🙂 …maybe next time!

    • Yes, I hate listening to recordings of my own voice, but I remember how nice it was to hear Cathy‘s voice in her Rambling in the Garden videos. Maybe next time. 😉

  3. I absolutely loved all three tours. Your video was my favorite. The grass keyhole in the one flower bed is brilliant. I so enjoyed hearing the natural sounds in the background. It was so pleasant. It is a good thing you are young and can enjoy these wide open spaces. I bet they will fill up over the years. I will look forward to seeing more.

    • Thank you Lisa. We are hoping the shrubs and trees will fill out soon, but it has been a struggle for them with wind, drought and mice to fight against!

  4. Thank you for the tour, is that a new island bed? You have planted a good number of trees .
    The virtual garden tours have been a revelation during lockdown, not only the NGS ones but the many posted on blogs, it has added an extra dimension to blogging. I have found it useful as a way of sharing and staying connected with our garden club members.

    • I really enjoy seeing other people‘s gardens too, and although mine is still small I am glad it is of interest to other gardeners. The sight of all those wonderful Alliums in your garden was inspirational Brian!

  5. What a lovely post to read – and thanks for promoting NGS gardens again. Sadly it will not be most gardens, certainly in the case of smaller private gardens who might have been opening just once or twice. Very exciting to see a video of yours too, which looks even larger than I had imagined – even the two beds you have shown us before looked much larger when shown in detail. How much land do you have in total, and do you have plans for cultivating more of it?

    • Showing photos is very deceptive as everything gets swallowed up in the open spaces here. When I planned the oval bed my partner said it needed to be bigger and I am so glad I listened! 😉 There are about 4 1/2 hectares around the house and our perimeter fence is exactly one kilometre. We have plans to make a vegetable garden, have a greenhouse, plant more trees, make another flower bed or two, plant even more trees, etc etc! But all in good time…

    • Oh yes, they should be compulsory as mood lifters! There is something yellow, orange or lime green in it almost all year round. Sunflowers are planted there for later colour. 😃

  6. Oh I enjoyed the garden tour with a cuppa Cathy. How lovely to have that forest behind you as a backdrop. Just how big is it? Thanks also for reminding me about the NGS virtual garden openings. I’ve already visited a few that I would probably never get to see in real life.

    • Hi Anna. Bavaria is full of trees, mostly evergreens and we are lucky to have lots of pines all around us too. The land around the house is about 4 1/2 hectares. Plenty of space for planting more trees! 😉

    • Thanks Amelia. We have been fortunate this spring/early summer and have had occasional showers every couple of weeks – just enough to keep the flower beds ticking over. 😃

  7. Loved seeing your beautiful garden Cathy. Well-done video. Happy for the other links too. I checked out one and will explore others. It’s ironic how much has been made easily available online in these pandemic days.

    • Yes, I think a lot more businesses have got wise to how many people they can reach, and that. umber has increased… even my parents (both over 80) have been using the internet and apps for things like doctor‘s consultations etc!

  8. California poppies are prettier elsewhere than they are here by now. They are naturally ephemeral, so finish shortly after spring. They continue only where irrigated in landscapes.

    • It will be interseting to see how long they flower here. They have definitely slowed down, but the patch is growing! We have had occasional showers the last few weeks, but I don‘t actually water the beds unless I have planted something new. A little rain is clearly enough for them.

      • Well, they naturally do not get much. The grow and bloom after the cool weather of winter, but before things get too warm and dry in spring. They linger as long as the soil is not totally desiccated, so they make the most of a little moisture.

    • Yes, I am very lucky to have so much beautiful countryside around our garden. 😃 The birdsong is lovely here although the sparrows can get a bit annoying with their chirping, but they are not at all afraid of us and hop around me when I am gardening!

  9. thanks for the links🤍i love the tour and the natural noises in the background!! absolutely amazing💞

    Follow @everythingtips for tips and recommendations if interested! It would mean a lot to me!🥺🤍

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