A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"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, 9 March 2012
I paid a brief visit to Packwood House at the end of last week and finally got round to sorting out the photos today. (My mum finally came out of hospital a few weeks ago but sadly her condition (she has Alzheimer's) has deteriorated rapidly since Christmas and there's a lot of sorting out to be done about her long-time care and decisions to be made - so life has been rather hectic recently.)
A photo of one of the sundials which are to be found on buildings at Packwood
Various species of hellebore were putting on a lovely show
Twisted wisteria branches on the walls of the house
I don't remember seeing this tin bath before - it will be interesting to see if it becomes a feature somewhere around the grounds
A plaque of the Green Man
The Seventeenth Century Yew Garden is believed to represent "The Sermon on the Mount"
The Carolean Garden
There's a lovely display of snowdrops at the side of the house in a meadow but unfortunately part of the gardens and grounds are still closed so it was only viewable from the lane
I popped into the Kitchen Garden before I left and found this Dipping Pool. Apparently Dipping Pools have been a feature of gardens since the 14th/15th century and were used for watering garden plots. Although more ornate shapes were made, a typical pool was round and shallow and usually placed at the centre of the garden. This particular pool at Packwood has been based on evidence from an old garden plan and has been constructed using recycled bricks from the estate.
Edith Holden regularly visited Packwood House gardens and grounds but I will do a "Following in the Footsteps..." post later in the year to tie in with her mention of Packwood in the Country Diary.
Finally, a photo of some lambs I spotted in a Warwickshire field yesterday - the first I've seen this year although these look several weeks old.
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