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Osbourne House, the back garden, 12th August 2014


By siris


In contrast to the grounds at the front, the terraces at the back of the house are laid out in formal style.

Lots of colour from the annuals in the formal beds. lots of statues, tubs and urns. Note the Agave in the large pot, good job it’s above eye height as the leaves have a vicious spiny tip.

More Cannas, with Verbena bonariensis

Looking down onto a sunken pond from the terraces.

View from the terrace towards the Solent and Portsmouth on the main land.

I think we will take a stroll the 1.2 km to the shoreline.
Past the lily pond

Look at the waterlilies, that reminds me, I must thin out my waterlilies. My poor goldfish can hardly move around the pond for growth.

To reach the seashore.
You can swim in the sea, entry via little piers as the shore is still how nature intended, and all the visitors could destroy the fragile vegetation, Cranbe maritima.

Or sit in the royal alcove seat, lined with Minton tiles

and gaze out to sea

watch the gulls, or contemplate your garden improvements

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What a stunning house and gardens, I'm not a fan of bedding but it looks lovely in this setting.
That agave made me smile I had a huge one in a pot and had to cut all those spines off the ends, we had a very nosey lab who had a habit of sticking his head in all the pots, too risky with those spines :-)

26 Aug, 2014


Looking at magnificent gardens like this always makes me think how very labour intensive they must be - how many staff I wonder? Lovely position too isn't it? using the Agave instead of a fountain is a brilliant idea - but I guess it will have to come under glass in the winter?

27 Aug, 2014


Simbad, Neither am I a fan of bedding, but in the right situation. I have an Agave just like that and cut the points off, then disposed of the parent plant and put a youngster in a hanging basket, left it out several winters, cause I can't be bothered with hanging baskets, eventually babies poked thro' the liner.
Never saw any gardeners. Steragram
The grounds were extensive, but not really a gardener's garden, just the 2 areas. Was going to Ventor botanic gardens on the 14th, but it was tipping down with rain, so we caught the ferry and went home instead.

27 Aug, 2014


Its very grand isn't it, a place I'd love to visit, as most of you know I would never plant that way here but I do like to see a formal garden in the right setting, its all so warm looking as well, I like the colour of the house but I guess its not a place to feel comfortable in and certainly not allow the dogs and cats out there, lol..perhaps the gardeners there are only allowed in when the visitors aren't around.
Thankyou for sharing Siris, you never know I might get there one day....

27 Aug, 2014


What a shame you got rained off Siris. I persuade OH to go over on the ferry one day years ago but it was so misty and drizzly you couldn't see anything at all. Luckily we have a friend on the island so the day was not a total write off.

27 Aug, 2014


We had a mini break, stayed in a B & B. went by bus.
Ps when we left Osbourne House on foot, talking to the gate man, a red squirrel ran across the road. Very rare in the South, only strong holds the I of Wight and Brownsea Island, cause there's no greys there.

28 Aug, 2014


Lucky to see the squirrel - I'd no idea there were any round there.

28 Aug, 2014


How lovely to see a red one, the only time I ever saw one was in the Lake District but that was a few years back....

28 Aug, 2014


Seen quite a lot of red squirrels in France, don't they have Greys there? OH just said there are no Greys on the continent, or Ireland. The Reds are so pretty.
Ps There were road signs advising motorists to mind squashing them on the roads.

29 Aug, 2014

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