Waltham Place and a few flowers from my own garden.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is useful for

doctrine, (what we believe)

for reproof, ( what you have done wrong)

for correction ( how to put it right)

for instruction in righteousness (how to live a life with Christ)

2 Timothy 3 : 16

Roy was looking for our last cycle route when he saw Waltham Place on the map. It is a farm and garden where the owners are committed to not using fertiliser or chemical pesticides and the gardeners do guided tours for the paying public on certain days. Today with a group of other interested people we were shown the gardens and were able to ask questions.

Our lady gardener has been working in the area specialising in ornamental plants for 18 years. Her enthusiasm for natural gardening as exemplified by Henk Gerritsen, a Dutch gardener, was evident as she showed us her planting. We also found out that the owner had a similar estate in South Africa. When I asked their name I was surprised to hear a name my father used, Oppenheimer. (Remember my Dad worked for a while as a nurse in the gold mining hospitals taking care of men hurt while doing their work. This family name is very much connected to the gold mining industry.) Strilli Oppenheimer is the lady of this house and a keen gardner, their family have had Waltham Place since 1910, and they also own an estate in Brenthurst Johannesburg where she spends much of her time.

Amongst our group there was a lady visiting who works for the estate in Brenthurst and she couldn’t help tell us that the same style was in both gardens , the one here and in SA. The influence of Gerritsen. Both display “a thorough understanding of maintaining wildness.”

Here are some things that Henk Gerritsen said:

Damage to plants caused by insects or fungi usually has natural causes and is a fact of life that has to be accepted in a natural garden.

I allow all the plants in my garden to run their complete cycle, cleaning up only in early spring, which pleases the birds and insects.

The decay, collapse and death of the garden are as fascinating as the awakening of spring or the seas of flowers in summer.

H. Gerritsen 1848-2008
The paths of the garden have waving grasses all self seeded after a few plants were intentionally planted. It sways in the breeze in gentle waves along quite a few of the garden paths.
A corner of a vegetable bed with flowers to encourage the bees.
Lettuce, onions, rhubarb with wild plants in between .
A feeding station for the bees. Echinops bannaticus / Blue Globe – thistle.
Zinnia ,shasta daisy ,echinacea
Three in white and yellow but so different. A gift from me to you from my garden. Thank you for looking at my post.😊

8 thoughts on “Waltham Place and a few flowers from my own garden.

  1. WOW! This is fascinating! I would have never seen such beauty nor learned about its great history if it wasn’t for your blog. With every blog post you brooded our horizons and make our daily lives a little brighter. Thank you so much for everything you do for all of us. You are truly appreciated. Many blessings, prayers and hugs to you my dear friend Sandy. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—


      1. Awww sweet Sandy ok let’s thank each other for mutually learning from each other and passing it on. Much love to you as well my sweet dear friend Sandy πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™


  2. How interesting all the history Anna gardening methods. Great research. That photo of the flowers in the corner of the vegetable bed could do with enlarging – it’s gorgeous. Like a painting.


    1. Glad you found this interesting. I must look more carefully at that photo of the flowers. There were so many lovely groupings of flowers it was hard to choose a particular one. Thank you for looking.


  3. How fascinating Sandy! Roy must have exploring in his genes! Brilliant find and links with our beautiful SAπŸ‘ Great photos! Thank you for sharing πŸ„


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