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
Thursday, 5 September 2013
A September Stroll Around Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens
I usually try and visit Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens once a month and realised earlier this week it was months since I'd been and as the weather was so lovely I decided to pay the Gardens a visit.
These formal gardens attached to Castle Bromwich Hall were at their peak between 1680 and 1740. They were "rediscovered" in a derelict state in 1982 and the aim of the Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens Trust is to restore the Gardens to their original splendour.
I would love to know the history of this little stone dog - every time I see it I wonder how long it's been then and who placed it there?
Lady Bridgeman Garden - the planting scheme varies with the seasons. This year there seems to have been an especially lovely combination of flower colours.
The North Orchard - there's going to be another splendid crop of apples and pears this year. Apple Day will be held at the Gardens the weekend of 5th and 6th October
I think these pear leaves are suffering from Pear Rust a disease caused by a rust fungus called Gymnosporangium sabinae.
Unfortunately the "Extra Gardens" the less formal part of the gardens were shut again this time.
A beautiful collection of Seedheads and Berries (Autumn is on its way!!) were seen in all areas of the Gardens
Edit - Not quite sure why I called this quince unless its too much reading about quince jelly!!!! It is in fact Medlar. (Huge thanks to T-a :) )
There is a small maze at the Gardens - no-one is sure of its age but its a distorted mirror image of the one at Hampton Court. I haven't been round the maze for years so decided to attempt to reach the centre. Last time I entered it hadn't long been replanted and it was possible to peer over the hedges if you got lost!!!
To be honest I very soon get fed up with mazes and all that going round and round and backwards and forwards.
Oh dear - yet another dead-end!
The Centre - so near and yet so far!
Finally, five minutes later I made it!
The Secret Garden
South Kitchen Garden
If you enlarge this photo - the hoverfly I believe is one of the Sphaerophoria species (thanks to Africa for help on twitter :) )
Parterres - one of the things I love about the Gardens is the smell of box that hits you as soon as you enter.
It was lovely to find a few roses still in bud and flowering.
Lots of bees, hoverflies and butterflies (Whites and Speckled Wood) around. Usual garden type species of bird and good sighting of Great Spotted Woodpecker.
I won't be leaving it so long next time and will return soon.
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