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The National Trust property Calke Abbey is actually a country house built in the 1700s. The site though, was the location for an Augustinian priory from the 12th century until its dissolution by Henry VIII. The gardens were in full bloom when I visited in the summer of 2017 and a whole border of head-height Artichoke plants really caught my eye. I love the geometric shapes and the explosion of colour from the thistle-like flowers.