I was passing close to Packwood House and Gardens last Thursday and, as it was sunny and dry, I made a detour to pay the gardens a brief visit. Famous for the colourful herbaceous borders and yew garden with "Sermon on the Mount", the gardens are really lovely.
One of several sundials at Packwood
The East Court marks today's entrance to the house.
A Small Tortoiseshell - for once a butterfly that was happy to pose for a photo!
The Carolean Garden
which contains herbaceous borders, rose beds and the sunken garden.
First, the sunken garden
The Yellow Border
Roses are planted in bays
Unfortunately, as I was about to enter the raised terrace walk (my favourite part of the garden) and yew garden I was confronted by this sign. EEK!
Sadly, no photos of the raised terrace just a couple from the "outside".
Onwards to the Lakeside Meadow
A few photos of the Yew Garden again from the "outside"
There are some beautiful trees within the grounds - here an oak.
If you click on this picture and enlarge it you can just make out on the right Packwood's version of an open air sitting room
Views of the lake from the causeway
Not many birds around today - just a few mallard on the lake and a dunnock in the gardens
Another butterfly happy to pose - this time a brimstone
As I sat down on a bench in a quiet corner of the grounds (Packwood was packed today as usual) a dragonfly landed on the back of the seat. I thought initially it was a small red damselfly (must admit I am not very knowledgeable on dragon/damselflies) but looking at a field guide when I got home I think it is more likely to be a ruddy or common darter.
Plunge Pool built in 1680
This sundial is dated 1667 and is situated in the West Court - the original main entrance to the house
Unfortunately I didn't have time to visit the interior of the house. Hopefully, some photos from inside the property next time I go.
I must admit I love this area of Warwickshire and it always reminds me of the "Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady" and I always think of Edith Holden cycling around the lanes and painting her lovely pictures.