I managed to visit Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens for an hour last week on one of the rare dry and sunny days! I find it fascinating to visit the same garden on a regular basis to follow the changes through the months and seasons.
I must admit I am not overkeen on lily type flowers but they are certainly stunning visually.
Approaching the Green House
I love rock roses even though the flowers only seem to last a day - the pink flowers on this variety look as though they are made of tissue paper. We had the same species in our garden and lost it the winter before the last probably due to the cold weather and its one of those plants that I have replaced as I was so upset at losing it.
Worryingly I didn't see one butterfly as I walked round the gardens despite the sunshine but there were plenty of bees and insects nectaring on the flowers.
The Green House
Sadly, I seem to have missed the auriculas in full flower
Angelica - this plant is usually buzzing with insects
Grass has been left to grow in the North Orchard allowing wildflowers to flourish
I then left the formal gardens to walk round the Extra Gardens which have a range of habitats - three ponds, an orchard, wildflower meadow, small patch of woodland, stumpery, hedgerows and grassland/scrubby areas.
There are always lots of wildflowers to see in this part of the gardens
Yellow Flags are in flower round the North Pond and moorhens are nesting again this year - right in the middle of the pond!
Sorry for the poor "record" shot - its heavily cropped as I only had the 14-42mm lens with me!
I spent ages trying to photograph this Chimney Sweeper - a day-flying moth. It was constantly fluttering amongst the various grasses hardly ever pausing and the autofocus on the camera struggled with all the grass stems in the way! So another record shot. I was really pleased though as I haven't seen this moth at the Gardens before.
This pretty orange flower growing in the New Orchard is, I think, called Fox and Cubs - a garden escape I believe.
I re-entered the formal part of the gardens by the South Kitchen Garden
The sweet peas here are far in advance of my own at home
Walking back to the Upper Wilderness
Part of the Parterre with the Gazebo and New Trellis in the background
A border by the entrance to the Gardens