I haven't visited Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens for a while so I went along yesterday afternoon - it was pleasantly mild (for a change!!) but it was obvious straight away yet again how far behind Spring is this year.
No sign of any blossom yet in the North Orchard although daffodils are flowering throughout the Gardens.
Lots of feathers on this patch of grass - looks like a Sparrowhawk is visiting fairly regularly.
Hyacinths, daffodils and crocuses
Tulips, however, are still mainly in bud with just the occasional flower.
I left the walled part of the Garden to walk around the Extra Gardens - all the hazels in Nut Ground have been coppiced.
A pair of Mallard were on Mirror Pond - no sign here yet of Snakeshead Frittillaries flowering.
Sparrowhawk has been busy again - yet more feathers on the lawn in New Orchard.
No frogspawn to be seen in South Pond - Great Crested Newts can be found in this pond.
Had a magical encounter with a pair of Long-tailed tits that drank just a couple of metres away from me - totally unconcerned by my presence. Unfortunately close as they were, they were too far away for the lens I was using - photo below heavily cropped.
Plenty of Lungwort in flower around the Gardens.
Re-entering the Walled Gardens into the South Kitchen Garden
The Secret Garden
There were a lot of Hellebores in flower especially around the Lower Wilderness.
No sign of any butterflies but there were a few bees around - mainly on the hellebores
I really liked this particular Green Hellebore
Back in the Secret Garden
Primroses looking rather lovely.
There is a new water feature by the Visitor Centre
Castle Bromwich Hall (now a Hotel). I'm off to an afternoon tea here later in the month which I'm rather looking forward too :)
Sadly, the Hall still has the rather ugly Hotel signs :(
Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens are well worth a visit if you are in the area. For further information please visit their website www.cbhgt.org.uk or visit their blog - link on the right under "My Blog List".
Thankfully, Blogger has behaved itself today :) apart from one of the Hellebore photos being printed the wrong way up!!!!
Returning to normality . . .
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