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Gnarly old fruit tree in Wiveton Hall Kitchen Garden with vibrant blue Ceratostigma plumbaginoidesI’m a creature of habit, and once I find a fantastic garden, I can’t help returning to the scene, again and again. The stylishly unkempt walled kitchen garden at Wiveton Hall is always a lure, and combined with great coastal walks and big big skies, it’s a fantastic reason for sojourning in Norfolk (along the north coast to be precise!). I have blogged about the garden before, but I find that with each new visit comes a fresh wave of inspiration. I mean, what can beat the elegance and delight of a gnarly old pear tree surrounded by such flinty gorgeousness?

Fennel at Wiveton HallOr a field full of Fennel (aka Florence Fennel if you plan on buying seeds)?

Walled Garden at Wiveton Hall with 17th century houseThis most perfect of spots is attached to a 17th century Jacobean manor house and a fantastic café, (best food around for miles), whose chefs forage daily in the garden. For full immersion, you can hire a wing of the house (or one of their nearby cottages) or have a delicious meal at the café, overlooking the surrounding marshes. Alternatively, just pay your £2 in the shop (next to the cafe),

Wander in Wiveton Hall Kitchen Garden

and pop in for gentle wander.

Nerine and Erigeron Karvinskianus in the Walled Garden at Wiveton Hall 2Mid October, and there are still a few blooms in flower. Above, pink Nerine bowdenii and the daisy like stalwart Erigeron karvinksiannus hug the base on the wall,

Flowering parsley at Wiveton Halland parsley is supplying dainty lime green umbellifers as it goes to seed.

Kale and cabbages in Wiveton Hall Kitchen Garden

Eslewhere in the garden,  there are still plenty of herbs and veg to keep the restaurant going until it closes for the season on November 3rd. (Reopening around Easter 2014).

Compost bins at Wiveton HallAlong with the planting, I was rather taken by this fine trio of compost bins.

Compost bin at Wiveton Hall

I love their simple but brilliant construction and the fact that they too sit happily amid the flint surroundings.

Trained fruit trees at Wiveton Hall

Whilst it seems like a quiet time in the garden, the walls are awash with trained fruit trees,

Lgan-Tay berry (?)at Wiveton Hall

and fruit canes (not sure if this is a Tayberry or Loganberry?) have been beautifully positioned for the year ahead.

Cold frame in Wiveton Hall Kitchen GardenMore forward planning and propagation can be seen in a patched up cold frame,

Greenhouses in Wiveton Hall Kitchen Gardenin the greenhouses,

Seedlings at Wiveton Halland nestling in other corners of the garden. This kitchen garden is my idea of heaven.

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