Tuesday, October 3, 2017


The tulips look stunning at Dursley right now. Judith has planted thousands over the years, and this is their time to shine. The display is at it's finest this week, so don't delay getting out there. Call ahead if you would like Devonshire Teas. Perfect weather for it. Tel 06 3724 804.

Rhododendrons are also in full swing, along with numerous other shrubs and trees. This really is a beautiful time of year at Dursley.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Magnolia & Tulip Season at Dursley

As well as the enormous old Magnolia and Michelia trees, Judith has many new varieties planted in the last ten years. These are just  a couple of them photographed in flower right now. Others are yet to come. They look stunning throughout the garden.

Then there are the tulips. 100's get planted every single year - so they are now quite a sight to behold through September and October. Any time is a good time to visit Dursley, but RIGHT NOW is just delightful. Pick a warm spring day and pop on out.

Massed red tulips near an ancient Arbutus tree

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Few Oddities!

Autumn colours and final flushes of many perennials are happening at Dursley at the moment. The gardens look gorgeous. Chrysanthemum and Golden rod are making quite a show in one of the perennial beds by the house. The golden rod is huge.

Then there are these rather odd looking plants - quite deformed looking seed pods on the magnolia,  and the red drooping flowers of the Amaranth - 'Love Lies Bleeding'. Just thought you might be as interested as I was!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Late Spring at Dursley

The late November garden is bursting at the seams. Roses, roses, roses, plus a myriad of gorgeous perennials just hitting full stride. The fragrance of Philadelphus is everywhere, with enormous shrubs dotted throughout the garden. Come on out for a visit. Plenty of parking, and plenty of garden seats! Plenty to look at......

Evening shadows cross the lawn in front of the rose garden. 
Perfect spot for a view across the Bideford Valley.
The Philadelphus bushes (behind) are magnificent throughout November.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Daffodils at Dursley Garden

There are literally thousands of daffodils at Dursley. Because of this, the season goes for several months, with many varieties finishing before others have even started. They are still going strong,  and looking  a real picture, both in amongst the garden, or down in Dingly Dell. Other spring bulbs are blooming, too. It is pure delight for the senses right now.

Pick a sunny day and come out for a visit. Judith happily hosts groups of any size - from a car load to a bus load, or anything in between. Telephone Judith 06 3724 804 to book catering, or just come on out if you only wish to view the garden.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Cyclamen @ Dursley

These carpets of cyclamen are a really special feature at Dursley. They grow in the most inhospitable areas, under large conifers, where nothing else will grow. And over the last 45 plus years Judith has been there, they have spread themselves around the garden. Obviously they just adore the conditions!

They are still in full flower, so the next few weeks are perfect to come and visit, to see them for yourselves. There are also many other gorgeous plants enjoying their last hurrah before the frosts and cool winter months cut them down to size.

Dursley Garden - 1899 Te Ore Ore Bideford Rd, Masterton

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Flowers Galore!

Dursley is looking an absolute picture at the moment. December and January, in particular, are very very colourful - 100's of roses, and beautiful perennials everywhere. The main colour schemes change through the season as the some flowers peak, and others are just beginning. A perfect time to visit either during the week or on a weekend. Judith is happy to host groups as well. Tel 06 3724 804
The main perennial garden changes colour as the season progresses