I discovered the plant nursery attached to Longstock Park just a few weeks ago, when a dear gardening friend was visiting. I had taken her to Houghton Lodge - which she had never visited...she took me to the nursery, which was new to me.
The nursery itself posesses a beautiful herbaceous border, which is filled at the moment with an abundance of early autumn colour - so a revisit was in order while the weather was still warm and golden.
What I was not expecting was that our visit would coincide with the twice-monthly Sunday opening of Longstock Park Water Gardens, part of the Leckford Estate owned by the John Lewis Partnership. I have heard other friends enthuse about it and was not disappointed with the lakes, islands and burgeoning planting. I was a little disappointed that my camera batteries were not actually charged as much as they should have been - but emergency technology - aka my mobile phone, came to the rescue! I hope you enjoy the visit as much as I did (the cream tea after a visit to the nursery was rather good as well :-) )
The Victorian church replaced an earlier church on the site - I suspect these carved angels may have been salvaged from that earlier building - though who made the crass decision to place a heater in such close poximity?!
Longstock Park Water Gardens are open on the first and third Sunday afternoons of the month, from April to September.