Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Arundel Castle Gardens

Phew, what a month! September has been one giant rollercoaster of events. Lots of new projects, and changes down Magical Way.

You must excuse me for wanting to come home of an evening, only to recline on a chaise whilst Hercules rolls chilled grapes in my direction, on a sterling silver salver. Nary a mini bloggeth could my weary, torn and tattered fingers conjure.

But my friends I do see a brief calm on the horizon. We all know it wont last long though, as that very special season (that I never mention before October) is fast approaching.

So in the meantime, feast your cheeky peepers on a magical place that swept me off my feet last weekend. Arundel Castle and its gardens have long been on my list to visit but I was doubtful that it's gardens would pique my interest. How wrong was I?

Arundel is going straight into my top ten alongside Great Dixter, West Green House and East Ruston Old Vicarage. Love, love, love it. It has the very same injection of magic as the aforementioned. Beautifully designed and maintained, by a dedicated team who were busy tweaking and fluffing as we moseyed around. Enchantment around every corner and colour, oh my, so late in the season but a veritable rainbow for the retina.

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Beware, the dribbling dogs that guard the castle gardens.


Helianthus, Tricyrtis, Echium and Dahlias-a-go-go!
Grab your hat and cane because
the gardens are full to the brim with a dazzling Autumn parade.


Demure scarecrows do their best to blend into the background
but I can see you there, in your polka dot Cath Kidston raincoat missus.


Tip toe through the Dahlia beds and you are greeted by the biggest flower of all....


......Peek-A-Boo!

24 comments:

  1. Oh my, we must visit this garden!!

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    1. I am pretty sure you guys would get a kick out of it.

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  2. Well there's posh. All those roman arches would look a tad OTT in rural Devon, but I love the planting. And the scarecrow! Another one for The Must See List..

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    1. Oh I don't know Jessica, I think the odd column-flanked, green-oak temple might get the neighbours tongues wagging in Devon! The planting is wonderful, to watch the gardeners beavering away with such devotion is truly inspiring.

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  3. Fantastic place and I love your list of favorites. You take us on such great adventures. Adding Arundel to the UK list!

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    1. Cindy, you would have a whale of a time. The gardens are one thing but the castle is also incredible, the interior rooms are great fun, completely extravagant!

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  4. Dahlias's a GO - GO........I love that expression!And there YOU are.........I have to say you look so different from each and every pic you post here or on Instagram!You are indeed MAGICAL.Who is Hercules?Must be a four legged beastie?Sounds as if he has good taste!This place looks AMAZING!What took you so long to trot there?Never mind answering my question just thrilled you found it as YOUR list is my LIST NOW!

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    1. I know Elizabeth a visit to Arundel was long overdue. We are so busy running all our projects, which is great as we enjoy rushing around like mad fools, there is so much beauty to see and always so little time. Maybe I could clone myself! I can easily see you enjoying my top ten gardens. Besos.

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  5. And a lovely flower you are. What a garden. I need to come across that pond. Xo J

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    1. Thank you lovely Jane;) There's so much here waiting for you to see.

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  6. Must add this gorgeous place to my endless list, and Oooh! What a lovely surprise, that last bloom is a real beaut!

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    1. Isn't it a corker Amelia! Its very rare and often considered a tender perennial that likes half shade;)

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  7. Another stunner to add to the list of must-visits - I don't believe I will ever reach the end, but I am certainly enjoying them all vicariously through your fabulous photos! Hope you have a restful weekend!
    xo,
    Phyllis

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    1. You can do it Phyllis I want you to visit each and every garden in chronological order and an essay on my desk by the end of next Summer;)
      Paulx

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  8. Oh Paul, you must have been tempted to hide in the garden till the season left unspoken of. Then again they might have decorated you with a magicalchristmaswreath. Love your Peek-A-Boo picture

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    1. Hi Helen. I wonder if they'd notice if I hid in the garden. I could always shimmy up a drainpipe and bed down in the castle for the night with the suits of armour for company;)

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  9. Darling dahlias, and you too Paul!

    What beautiful gardens and displays. When you see gardeners at work in these magnificent places do you, like me, feel your own plot is so small and inconspicuous? Well I do about my 1/4 acre - which right now could use a gardener because I'm falling so behind!

    Know your busy season is on the horizon - good luck - all those lucky people are waiting for your magic to appear!

    North Carolina is looking Autumnal now - still warm, but the cooler nights are starting and the maples are turning - my favorite time of year.
    Hugs - Mary

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    1. Hello lovely Mary. My own plot at Magical Manor is perfectly minute in comparison to Arundel. I do feel quite the same about our garden at the moment though, perhaps I need a gardener too. It is looking quite smart but time seems fly by so quickly. I am up before sunrise out to swim, off to work for the day and barely enough time when I get home to sweep some fallen leaves.

      This year has been amazing for us. We run several small businesses and each is growing year on year. I am blessed with a great team and yes, another busy wave is just around the corner with Christmas looming. If I need another set of hands I may call for you;)

      Look forward to seeing all those wonderful autumnal shades. Wrap up warm.

      Paul xo

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  10. Dear Paul,
    thank you for the lovely photos - and the tip: Arundel Castle Gardens will be on my list next time when I am in England (and both my landlady from last year - who was slightly miffed that I stayed with French friends in London this time - AND my Chelsea pensioner from the Royal Hospital (who last time smuggled me for an in-sight into the building - made me promise to come back. Which I will.

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    1. Smuggled into The Royal Hospital well you are a naughty one Britta:) Glad to hear you had a lovely time. I think you would enjoy Arundel immensely. The interior rooms are sumptuously laden with lots of things perfect for your magpies eye.

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  11. Welcome back to Blogging Paul! The gardens at Arundel Castle is so enchanting. You captured it so magically showcasing its beauty and elegance.

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    1. Thank you so much Pamela, you are lovely. I am finding it difficult with our hectic work schedule to keep up with blogging but I will be popping in from time to time. x

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  12. Paul, Such a lovely spot! I agree with Contessa- your list is mine too! I am pinning this on my Anglophile Board...I think I would need a few years to properly see all these lovely castles, gardens and have tea and scones at each!!

    I'm crazy for these flowers -especially the last!

    I hope you got to get a breath before your craziness begins. I know you probably thrive on it though. So exciting!! I love the holidays.

    xx Kim

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  13. You always find the most amazing places for us to go to Paul. x

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