Garden Photo of the Day

Gardening in Brockenhurst Hampshire

By Alexandra Dittrich

Mary Hayter has years of gardening experience under her belt—and her garden shows it.

"My garden is three quarters of an acre in the heart of the New Forest National Park. It has taken 15 years to develop and it has opened for 11 years for the NGS. There are ideas for sun, shade, wet, and dry areas with animal friendly wild areas and ponds. Fruit and vegetables are as important as the formal areas."

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  1. user-7007498 08/26/2016

    Mary, it is so wonderful to see your garden. I love the gardens in England and yours is fabulous. The second to last photo has me drooling. The undulating beds with formal structures and sharp edges provide an amazing visual contrast. The different photos look like they are from different gardens. The last photo so informal and wild contrasts the photo before.

    My favorite photo is the first. There is such an exciting interplay of shape and texture and light. I could look at this photo for hours.

    Your garden must be amazing to see in person. Thanks so much for sharing. I am very inspired.

    1. frankgreenhalgh 08/26/2016

      Hey Kev. - How is your gardening life going? Been collecting more granite rocks from a quarry for more hardscaping down here! Cheers, Frank

      1. user-7007498 08/26/2016

        Wow, those are rocks. Do you get them in the trailer by yourself? I don't think I have the energy or strength to do that anymore. Maybe you can deliver me some of those next time you are in the area?

        1. frankgreenhalgh 08/26/2016

          Yep - getting a bit long in the tooth though for lifting rocks. Think I have finished with rocks now - although the comment by Linda on Whidbey back in Feb. is still ringing in my head i.e. saying you have finished landscaping is funny.

          Transport cost for delivery to your neck of the woods Kev might just be prohibitive!!!!!!!!!!

  2. frankgreenhalgh 08/26/2016

    Hello there Mary - Thank you so much for showing us photos of your wonderful garden. The lawn and garden area in the second last pic. is spectacular; so interesting and captivating. Lovely hedge as well. In fact, the whole garden is an absolute rip-snorter (Aussie lingo test for the English and others!!!!!!!).

    Nice to see fruit trees mentioned - they are very rarely highlighted in GPOD posts. Please keep sending photos of your garden over time. Cheers, Frank

    1. user-4691082 08/26/2016

      Frank, you are such a cutie pie!

      1. frankgreenhalgh 08/26/2016

        Holy-dooley Rhonda - first time I have been called that! Regards

  3. JuleMG 08/26/2016

    Beautiful, my gardening roots perhaps.

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    treasuresmom 08/26/2016

    Wow! You live in the middle of a national park? How does that work? Anyway, love all those colors and varieties. Gorgeous is all I can say.

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    meander_michaele 08/26/2016

    It always adds so much to our gpod experience when we get to do some cyber traveling to a garden in another country. Yours is beautiful, Mary, and must be a favorite to tour on the open garden day. Had to do a look up on what NGS stood for...National Gardens Scheme...a charity that supports very worthwhile organizations. I adore the deep purply blue of the lavender surrounding your pool...certainly looks like growing perfect lavender is not tricky for you.

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  7. NCYarden 08/26/2016

    What a treat. Such a grand mix of plants in your garden. It appears to have a pleasant flow, of which I really like those organic curves to all the beds. This must a wonderful location for gardening, being set in a National Forest. I really love the overhead view of the garden in the second to the last photo. Can you please tell me what is the striking orange bloomer to the right in that photo? eye keeps wandering there every time I scroll through. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Cenepk10 08/26/2016

    Gorgeous. Would be dreamy to stroll through this garden. I'd bring my parasol :)

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 08/26/2016

    Looks superb. It's wonderful how your impeccable lawn is a perfect foil for your rich plantings. Your lavender is awesome.

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    LindaonWhidbey 08/26/2016

    Mary, what a fantastic garden. It's always great to see gardens in the UK because I think that our climates are quite similar, although judging from your lovely green grass, you get more summer rain than we do here in the PNW. I keep going back to the second to the last photo of your more formal garden and would also love to know what that orange bloom is and really want to do an actual walk through your property. Thanks for giving us this virtual tour this morning. It was a wonderful way to end our GPOD week.

  11. NWAgardener 08/26/2016

    What a wonderful mix of formal and informal! All your plant choices are perfect. Did you design the gardens yourself or did you have some input from a professional. If not, then you could be a professional landscaper/gardener. The deer statuary in the last photo is elegant. Please send more photos in the future. I would love to see additional details of the formal area, especially the circular garden and its wooden structures. Thanks for brightening my morning.

  12. schatzi 08/26/2016

    Gorgeous! It looks like an arboretum, especially the next to last picture. Beautiful, colorful lush plantings. Love it.

  13. wGardens 08/27/2016

    Oh, my! Just lovely! The photos are fabulous... what a experience it would be to be there in person! Your statue in the last photo is also awesome.... The next to last shot- the overview... whoo! a stunner for sure! Thank you for sharing. Look forward to when you do again!!!

  14. grannieannie1 08/27/2016

    Ditto to all the comments. Everything is lovely and I especially appreciate seeing the aerial view which pulls all the puzzle pieces together. I wish everyone posting pictures would include that. Looking forward to more photos from you!

  15. foxglove12 08/29/2016

    Glorious! Great job.

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