I made my first proper visit to the gardens at Ham House last week, a place that I'd been to a couple of times before, but that I hadn't properly explored yet. I didn't visit the house (this is for a rainy day), but had a good look around the gardens, which I thought were lovely. I particularly liked the Orangery Kitchen Garden, with its pretty seasonal flowers, and the hidden corners of the Wilderness.
I would definitely like to visit again, at a different time of the year–I imagine this would be good place to see in autumn, too, especially the Cherry Garden (where there are no cherries anymore, but lavender and santolina, which have recently been replanted).
For more information on Ham House and Gardens, see the National Trust's website.
The south side of Ham House, seen from the Wilderness - 14 June 2011
The house seen from the Orangery Kitchen Garden - 14 June 2011
Lilac poppies in the Orangery Kitchen Garden - 14 June 2011
Another view of the house seen from the Wilderness - 14 June 2011
A summer house in the Wilderness Garden - 14 June 2011
A rose in the Wilderness Garden - 14 June 2011
More photos can be found in this Flickr set: Ham House and Gardens