"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

Friday, 16 December 2011

A Cold December Day at the Gardens

I popped into Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens for an hour on Wednesday - it was bitingly cold and I rather wished I hadn't forgotten my gloves!

I saw several robins as I walked around - they seemed to be following me in that way they have and it was a shame I hadn't got some birdseed or breadcrumbs with me.

Birdfeeders situated in a clump of trees near the South Pond and Stumpery were attracting quite a few blue and great tits plus a coal tit - the first time I've seen this species here. A sparrowhawk flew through the gardens and there were loads of blackbirds on the plentiful holly berries (I seem to remember reading there is a shortage of holly berries in parts of the country but we seem to have loads here in the West Midlands/Warwickshire). I was pleased to see a flock of redwings - presumably feeding on berries too.

Lady Bridgeman Garden

Several gardeners were still busy working around the Gardens

Lots of mistletoe and holly stacked on tables

West Pond - looking through the West Claire-Vole towards the Hall

There were loads of these toadstools on the edge and within a small wooded area. To give an idea of scale they varied in size from a tea plate up to a dinner plate. I've had a look through my field guides and my best guess is a Brittle Gill or Funnel species - Giant Funnel??? One thing is certain I am unlikely to be trusting my id skills to serve up foraged toadstools/mushrooms for tea!

A few vegetables remain in the South Kitchen Garden

The Lower Wilderness

Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel


Rob said...

From your pictures, I think the gardens look wonderful in winter. Those sprigs of mistletoe and holly will sell for a tidy sum, no doubt.
Foraged fungi - me neither! (A woman on the IoW died a few years ago after eating Deathcaps.)

Ragged Robin said...

The Gardens do look lovely but then I am biaised!

I seem to remember the Deathcap incident on the IofW - didn't she pick them at Ventnor Botanical Gardens?