"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Autumnal Fruits at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

I love autumn at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens and I popped along recently to take some photos.

Lady Bridgeman's Garden with St Mary and St Margaret's Church Castle Bromwich in the background.

My Lady's Border

It had been "Apple Day" at the Gardens on the previous Sunday and many varieties of apples and pears from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were on display in the Green House

I love the names of the various apple and pear species - examples include:
Ten Commandments
Wyken Pippin
Lemon Pippin
Stoke East
Blenheim Orange
Autumn Pearmain
Court of Wick
Five Crowns
Asmead's Kernel
Lord Lambourne
Pear Forella
Beurre Brown
Louise Bonne of Jersey
Messire Jean
Cornish Aromatic

The Extra Gardens

Cockspur Berries

South Pond and "Stumpery"

Back in the formal gardens - the Summer House

With more displays of fruit and vegetables from the Gardens

There were still plenty of flowers around

I discovered recently that one of my favourite parts of the garden is called the "Secret Garden" and here are a few views of this lovely garden "room" which contains a medlar and quince trees

The Lower Wilderness

Part of the Holly Walk which originally marked the extent of the gardens when they were laid out by Sir John Bridgeman I (1631-1710). The 170 metre Holly Walk with the Summer House at one end and the Green House at the other is comprised of variegated Holly - Ilex Aquifolium

There are still sunflowers in the South Kitchen Garden

Rose Hips

Looking towards Castle Bromwich Hall (it finally opened as a Hotel last week after its recent renovations and refurbishment)- looking forward to visiting soon.

I parked in the overflow car park which is adjacent to St Mary and St Margaret's Church

Unusual clock/sundial on the church tower

The staff, volunteers and gardeners are always very friendly and helpful and I do hope the ladies who were in the visitor centre when I visited like the photos.

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