Monday, 29 October 2012

Foggy Bottom

We're in Norfolk for half term, exploring what is basically unknown territory for us. Except for today's garden visit to Bressingham near Diss, which we've visited twice before. Bressingham is home to a working Steam Railway, but more interestingly for me it's the home of the Bloom dynasty of gardeners and their nursery. Adrian Bloom was a key contributor to the rise in popularity of the conifer in suburban gardens of the 1970s. His first plantings in 1966 were on the site of an empty meadow and a new house in the grounds of Bressingham; with his wife Rosemary, he was able to gradually develop a six acre (2.4hectares) garden which he called Foggy Bottom. Over the years Adrian has incorporated many perennials and grasses, adding to the year round appeal of the garden. Here are some snaps of Foggy Bottom:


  1. Martin, this garden is simply stunning! I absolutely love your pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Interesting name for an elegant garden Martin! Thanks for sharing your photos :)

  3. Great pictures of a garden that meant a lot to us. Back in the 70s when we first got into gardening we would look forward to Bresssinghams catalogue arriving and with great pleasure we would order our plants. Oh don't get me going with my reminiscing.

  4. Now that is a lovely and inspirational garden. What a talented couple.

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