Come into the garden, Maude


I found the most wonderfully old-fashioned garden at Burton Agnes the other week.  It will be the subject of a future Monday walk, but I don’t want to get too repetitious.  So, as the month is ticking by and I need to find some vegetables for Jude, I thought I’d give you a swift appetiser.


Everybody needs ‘a man that does’, don’t they?  I played hide and seek with this one.

What was he planting?  Oh, I don’t know- the odd brassica and such, I suppose.  I thought I might write an ode to a brassica, purely because I like the sound of it.  But then I thought I’d better find out what it is.  Wikipedia can be so useful at times.

Not really my thing, veggies, but just wait until you see the ornamental gardens!  For now I’ll leave you with some fully stuffed borders.


Jude can do so much better.  Check out her Garden Challenge.  Lovely word, ‘potager’, isn’t it?


  1. Love those well- stuffed borders, and the industrious wire man. I wonder if he has a brain. I think that ‘Brassica’ is a rather posh word for cabbage. I never read an ode to a cabbage. 🙂

  2. Oh how I miss lush gardens. They just don’t grow them like that as these latitudes. Of course, we have many nice things to look at but the fragrance and the peace that can be found 40 degrees north and beyond compare. And is that a manor house that I see peeking out behind the garden in the last photo? I hope you will be able to give us a peek inside in a future post.

    1. The day was too fine to go inside and this was actually our second garden visit of the day (greedy, I know! 🙂 ) but I may well go back another day. So much more garden still to share, Lisa. I’ve loved having your company today. 🙂 🙂

  3. Wow. So beautiful. Great shots. Love the sculpture man made of wire. Love this garden. I just got back from volunteering at a community garden in Chicago, so am looking at this one you have captured, with much appreciation.


    1. That sounds like a wonderful thing to do, Peta. 🙂 I will do a follow up post on this garden sometime soon because it deserves very much more. So glad you like it.

      1. I do get free organic freshly picked spinach and mustard greens and radishes…which is a great side benefit!
        Check it out on Facebook if you get a minute…
        “Closed Loop Farms.”

    1. I have a hankering for him myself, Sue! I remember seeing twin wire men at Newstead Abbey when I was visiting Lisa last year, and now here’s a triplet 🙂 🙂

  4. This is such a beautiful garden, Jo. Working in the garden for hours every day, we certainly appreciate the nice views here an all the hard work behind the neat and tidy look. Phew, it’ still so hot …

    1. Dina, I’m much more likely to do my ‘lady of the manor’ act and a bit of casual dead-heading than any actual work in ours. My ‘man that does’ is starting to feel it, though 🙂 🙂 Thanks for your company, darlin’.

  5. Lovely images Jo – it made me realise that I didn’t know the words to the song – this maybe explains why:

    To faint in the light of the sun that she loves.
    To faint in the light and to die.
    Come into the garden, Maud;
    I am here at the gate alone

    A bit dramatic for horticulture don’t you think 🙂

  6. Aren’t those yellow roses divine! For some weird reason, where we live it is very difficult to get yellow roses to do well. I have one but it’s not flourishing. I will enjoy yours for the moment.

  7. I think that bloke must have a very stiff back bending over like that all the time, he needs a seat beside the border, I’d happily sit and make him listen to me 🙂

  8. I knew exactly how it feels when you see nature at this best! one of my pastimes when I’m taking a walk is admiring pretty ,homey, well-kept gardens. They are just so refreshing to see:)

  9. What a pretty garden, Jo. I love your “man that does.” And I learned something new about brassica. Oh, this reminds me I need to link my Chanticleer garden post to your Monday walk. 🙂

      1. I know what you mean about the heat! It looks like the next two weeks at least will be pretty miserable around here with temps in the high 90s. (30s+ in C). Get a good night’s rest, Jo! 🙂

  10. That is a very beautiful garden. I can’t even begin to calculate the numbers of hours spent by the gardens each week ti keep it looking near perfect. A nice visual break from my drab cubicle while stopping for a lunch break. ☺️

  11. what a charming garden, Jo. the flowers and vegetables complementing each other, how beautiful! thanks for the lovely and aromatic walk! 🙂

      1. Not too late, Susan. I’m just in the process of putting my walk together. Love the playing about part, so long as I have time. I’ll be along to yours in a little while. 🙂

  12. I am learning that a vegetable garden, as small as it might be, requires quite a bit of work. I need your man that does, Jo! Who would have thought I’d be happy when it rained, just so I don’t have to water the vegetables that aren’t even vegetables yet? 🙂 Flower gardens seem easier and prettier, for sure.

    Liesbet @ Roaming About

  13. Maude? Maude? My name is Jude!! Get it right won’t you? 😛

    Regardless, I enjoyed the visit to your veggie plot (now HOW can you say veggies aren’t your thing? You do eat them don’t you? Or maybe not. All I ever see is cake 😀 ) And please send me a man who can, because the one I have can’t. Garden that is. Or dig. Or weed. Sigh…. and hurry up with the rest of the garden, the tantalising stuffed borders beckoned me. And reminded me that I must tell you all about the rest of that lovely garden I went to. See you later. I hope the weather is cooler for you up there, or maybe you actually prefer the heat.

    1. Rhymes, doesn’t it? How would you have known I was singing if I’d said ‘come into the garden, Jude?’ You mean, you didn’t want me to sing? I love eating veggies but they’re not my most inspirational photos, now are they?
      Mick’s spent the afternoon lugging paving slabs about and putting the fountain in place. He says he’d like a man that does, too 😦

  14. My names not Maude, but I’m more than happy to come into the garden with you – especially a vegetable garden, where I can be nostalgic for past life as a market gardener. I’m a bit taken with your fellow busy with a fork. Thank you for a delightful post on a day of rest.

  15. I adore the gardens!Flowers are pleasant, Burton Agnes is dazzling.
    Your photos are so excellent, I have a feeling that I have been strolling around too!..And he highlighted picture blossom is my fav of this post – the lines and variation
    Yellow shading pulled me in from the peruser !

  16. I love the gardens! Your photographs are so beautiful, I feel like I have been walking around too! The mesh man is so fun – he is something between the Scarecrow and the Tin Man 😉

  17. Burton Agnes is lovely. Takes me well back to the past (45/50+ years back).
    I love vegetable gardens. Flowers are nice, but unless they are nasturtiums, for example, they aren’t usually edible or tasty. And those cabbages are magnificent. Do they sell the produce or is it for the family?

    1. They had a very healthy looking plant sales area, Kate, but I never actually saw veggies on sale. Could be my lacking powers of observation though. 🙂 🙂

  18. One of my wishes (should a genie pop out of my prosecco bottle one day) would be to have a walled garden. I think I’ll have this one. And an army of ‘men that do’ to go with it. I’d be inclined to grow peas and morning glory up them. Lovely post, Jo.

    1. There was every mortal thing, including a jazz festival, in this one, Tish! My man that does is currently out in ours, doing a bit of tidying. 🙂 🙂 I love sweet peas! Thank you.

    2. Oh, Tish, that is my idea of heaven too. A walled garden. Full of scented climbers and wide borders and beautiful patterned brick paving, a little fountain in the centre, flowers mingled with herbs …. oh, well, one can dream. I like the idea of climbing peas through the ‘gardeners’ 😀

  19. An old-fashioned garden, with a rather old fashioned looking gardener, with some blowsy roses to boot! What’s not to like? Great find, Jo!

  20. Wonderful gardens and I agree about Wikipedia – 😉
    Hope you have a great rest of July and see you in August restless jo!
    And he featured image flower is my fav of this post – the lines and variant
    Yellow color pulled me in from the reader !

    1. The roses were wonderfully blousy, Yvette. This garden is magnificent and these absolutely don’t do it justice. Thanks for the good wishes, darlin. Enjoy your family time. 🙂 🙂

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