Friday, 19 July 2013
A Visit to Packwood House and Gardens
I had a day out with a friend yesterday at Packwood House Gardens. The new restaurant there isn't yet open so we stopped off on the way at NT Baddesley Clinton for lunch. There was a slight glitch in the proceedings when my friend discovered she had forgotten her membership card but the staff were so helpful and rang the NT to confirm she was a member and even gave her a note for when we arrived at Packwood. Excellent service from the National Trust :) Great lunch too - egg and cress sandwiches and a delicious raspberry and white chocolate muffin - both highly recommended!
One of the many sundials to be found at Packwood
We had a look round the Vegetable Garden first
A number of champagne/wine bottles containing plants had been hung from one the trees - what a great idea!
Another great idea - recycling wellies as plant containers!
Yet another great way to use up flower pots and fir cones - a bug house?
Another Bug House
It may not that clear from the photo but this part of the Kitchen Garden had been planted, in association with a local school, in the form of a clock. It was absolutely delightful!
The Carolean (walled) Garden which has evolved over the years since being planted in the seventeenth century
This herbaceous border is known as the Yellow Border and is crammed full of perennials in a combination of colours - pink, yellow, lavender, carmine and scarlet. I don't think I have ever seen it look so lovely.
The Sunken Garden installed by Baron Ash in the 1930's.
These rose bays contain the red Rosa "Lilli Marlene", Rosa "Bright Smile" and the wall roses alternate between the Red R. "Dortmund" and the yellow R. "Leverkusen"
Views of the House and Garden from the Terrace Walk
The Raised Terrace
This is the famous Yew Garden said to represent "The Sermon on the Mount" - some trees ("The Master" and "The Apostles") date back to the 1650's. During the mid nineteenth century the present yew "Multitude" was planted to replace an earlier orchard.
The walled garden was a bit of a sun trap and it was so hot we sat in one of the gazebos at the end of the Raised Terrace and just looked out over the Terrace Walk and Gardens.
More borders in the Carolean Garden
I haven't been in the house itself for years and years but one day soon, when its cooler!!!, I'll return and look round the house interior.
Out of interest (I did a post on this last summer) Edith Holden who wrote "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady" and "Nature Notes" often walked through Packwood House Gardens and parkland.
Many thanks to J for sharing such a lovely afternoon.