Gathering garden inspiration from Jimmy’s Farm

This week I have been out and about in the Suffolk countryside getting inspiration for my own garden and veggie patch, and where better to start than at Jimmy’s Farm just outside Ipswich. Hubby and I took a stroll around the farm on a sunny day and I took a few snaps as a visual ‘sketchbook’ to remind me of ideas for planting veg and flowers in our own garden.

The whole farm is full of wonderful views and I especially enjoyed looking at the kitchen garden to see what was being grown and to get ideas for my own planting. I really like the alternating lines of plants and using herbs with different coloured leaves would help me achieve this very neat look at home. There were also plenty of other flowers and plants to admire, which has got me thinking about the types of foliage and blooms I’d like to have in a flower bed in the future.

We also came across this amazing mud-hut-esque building on the farm. It’s made of logs stacked end on within a kind of clay/mad wall. I love the quirky additions of stained glass windows of different shapes and sizes, plus it was really cosy yet cool inside. The roof was covered in grass and as the whole building was constructed using wood and earth, it was probably one of the most eco-friendly houses I’ve ever come across. It certainly gave my husband some ideas for building himself a ‘man cave’ and we’ve already allocated a spot for it in the garden!

Jimmy’s farm makes for a very relaxing day and we stopped to have a cup of tea before browsing the shop and butchers and buying a few of the farm’s famous pork sausages to take home with us. It was a lovely day out and I’d recommend going for a visit when there’s an event on, such as the regular farmers markets or food festivals so there will be even more to see and do!

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Cassie Fairy
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