Discover this beautiful garden in Knutsford
PUBLISHED: 12:41 29 June 2020 | UPDATED: 10:31 01 July 2020
This beautiful Knutsford garden provides year-round pleasure
For most of us, gardens get the attention they deserve in the summer months and are pretty much left to their own devices in the days of cold and rain. This isn’t the case for Jan and David Armstrong, whose Knutsford garden is a delight of year-round colour and texture, filled with grand mature trees and with a bewitching view around every turn.
“We spend a lot of time out here, all year round,” Jan says. “even in the winter, we come out and sometimes have our first early morning cup of tea. In the summer months we will have our lunch and some drinks in the evening too – and it’s great to run the dog around as well.
“Our inspiration for the garden comes from David’s mother. She was a big gardener, she used to open her garden for charities, it was beautiful. Whenever she visited she would tell us what everything was in our own garden and offer advice. It was really good, she had so much knowledge. “As much as we love our garden however, we can’t claim to manage it completely ourselves any more. We have brought in Blue Iris Landscapes to help. We just couldn’t do it: let someone else do the work and we will enjoy it, is our motto! It’s nice to work on small areas ourselves – such as the vegetable patch – but we’re perfectionists so we like it to be just as it should be.”
The rose garden
“There was a smaller water feature originally which was there when we moved in,” says David. “Blue Iris Landscapes removed the old water feature and have planted a rose garden with an array of different coloured roses and it’s become one of our absolute favourite spots.”
“It is especially nice to sit in there of an evening when it is dark,” Jan says. “It’s quiet and peaceful. The stars have been wonderful lately.”
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The vegetable patch
Maintained completely by Jan and David, who are growing carrots, leeks, potatoes, tomatoes, and various herbs.
Jan says. “I love it, it’s my baby. We have created it from scratch. There was a disaster with the rocket but everything else is coming along nicely.”
“This it is such a focal point for the garden and creates so much tranquillity,” David says. “Originally Jan had wanted to remove the large water feature, thankfully she did not. I could sit and look at the waterfall for hours, it’s wonderfully soothing.”
The wood carvings
“We have a number of woodcarvings around the garden, created from dead trees. We live in a tree protection area, so trees here can get very big. When we have a tree felled, we ask the tree surgeon to leave a tall ‘stump’, this is then turned into something wonderful by a Cheshire local, a retired police officer called Tim Burgess. Each one takes three to five days to complete and really adds something special to our garden.”
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