Following on from yesterday's post, I was really pleased to see quite a few Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral butterflies, together with a few Large and Small Whites, nectaring in the Walled Garden.
Butterflies seem to adore Sedum spectabile and it was quite easy to get close and take photographs.
In the Vegetable Garden there were lots of themed Scarecrows celebrating the Summer of Sport. Some of the captions next to the scarecrows were quite amusing and I've put a few in quotes below together with all the Scarecrow names
Ivor Cushy Job (from H20 security)guarding the entrance to the Vegetable Garden
"Scared of heights. Likes to keep his feet firmly on the ground. Never won a medal."
Zara Parsnips and her horse Radish
"Wanted to enter Horse of the Year Show but got lost and ended up at Crufts.... didn't win Best in Show".
Lord Sebastian Crow
"Campaigned tirelessly for 2 and a half days to bring the Olympics to Baddesley Clinton. Total cost to the tax payer nil. We'll show London how to do it properly"
Dame Celery Holmes
Geoff Grapes - "Baddesley's strongest scarecrow. Has been known to lift two cabbages and a whole turnip without taking a nap."
Andy Strawmurry - my favourite!
Sir Chris Pak Choi riding through rhubarb. "Hopes one day to enter the Tour de France. Where is France?...... Is it far from Lapworth?"
Fatima Cornbread "Very short-sighted. Can't see without spectacles.. but lost these in a dung heap in 1978. Please stand well clear"
And finally lots of activity round the bee hives
If you live locally or are in the area its well worth a visit to see the dahlias and scarecrows. There is so much to see and do in the House and grounds.
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