If you want a proper garden with manicured borders & Latin plant names, Rose Cottage isn't the place for you. We have a traditional Welsh working cottage garden with jumbled flower beds, a herb yard, seasonal growing of fruit & vegetables, ideas borrowed from permaculture, no-dig and companion planting to help us with our simple, self-reliant way of life.
A raised terrace area next to the conservatory allows viewing of the field where the goats, chickens and ducks graze. Our pop up tea room sells tea, coffee & home-made cakes served on vintage china and there'll be a selection of preserves & cordials to taste. Maria leads tours around the garden.
How to find us
Rose Cottage, 32 Blackmill Road, Bryncethin, Bridgend, Glamorgan, CF32 9YN
1m N of M4 J36 on A4061. Follow A4061 to Bryncethin. Straight on at mini r'about for approx 400 metres. Just past Used Car Garage, turn R onto side rd at grassed area.
More about Rose Cottage
Our garden is about 1/3 of an acre with some laid to lawn. A polytunnel helps us grow successionally all year but we also garden seasonally, having one winter vegetable plot & one summer vegetable plot. As gaps appear with summer harvesting, brassicas are planted to provide winter fodder for our goats. Lettuces are fed to the chickens, slugs to the ducks! In return they all contribute fertiliser. Fruit bushes edge the main path, leading to a rose hedge & then an old fashioned cottage-flower border with hops & jasmine climbing up trellis. We have many plants which bring happy memories of a person or occasion. We have fruit trees aplenty: apples, plum, pears,crab apple and fig. We also have a thriving grape vine in our conservatory. Summer produce is preserved by making jams, chutneys & cordials as well as by freezing & canning (bottling). We choose plants which will attract and sustain bees from the hives which we keep nearby, so Borage, Euphorbia, Foxgloves & Perennial Cornflower abound. In late June/early July the roadside wall is full of wild roses, clematis and jasmine. To the south of the English Yew tree is an Autumn Bliss Raspberry hedge, to the north we are establishing a natural hedgerow with Hawthorn, Hazel, Willow and Rowan saplings already growing. In the yards to the north of the house are a herb garden and the strawberry beds. Our personal philosophy is one of Voluntary Simplicity. Our garden reflects this as much as possible so - if we can - we recycle or make things ourselves, save seed & propagate perennials. We want everything in our garden to be either useful or beautiful.