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
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
A Summery Afternoon at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens
I popped along to Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens this afternoon - lovely to see the sun for a change but it was rather hot and humid! The Gardens are looking beautiful and full of summer colour.
My Lady's Border
Two of the Yucca's are flowering (with the Melon Ground in the background)
The Green House built around 1729
Flowers and Borders
View from the North-west Pier
The North Orchard
Honeysuckle was scrambling over walls everywhere
Quinces are forming on trees in the "Secret Garden"
The South Kitchen Garden
The Summer House
I was thinking how early rowan berries are forming this year when I realised this tree not only had berries but was also flowering again!
According to folklore if the rowan flowers twice there will be an excellent potato crop and many autumn weddings! In mythology the rowan is considered a magical tree which protects again malevolent creatures.
There are some wonderful folk names for the Rowan/Mountain Ash such as "Delight of the Eye", "Quickbeam", "Round Tree", "Surb Apple", "Thor's Helper", "Whispering Tree", "Witch Wood", "Witchen Wittern" and "Roden-Quicken-Rowan".
Unfortunately I didn't have time to visit the Extra Gardens so it was time to leave after admiring the hanging baskets near the Visitor's Centre
and thinking what a nice corner this was for a cup of tea and cake!!
Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens are a unique example of an English Baroque Garden and are being restored as closely as possible to the period 1680 - 1762.
For more information including opening times please visit their website at www.cbhgt.org.uk
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