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
Monday, 9 September 2013
Butterflies, Dahlias and Scarecrows at Baddesley Clinton - Part 1
Every September I try and visit Baddesley Clinton - a moated manor house - to see the beautiful display of dahlias in the Dahlia Border located in the Walled Garden
The house was home to the Ferrers family for 500 years and passed from father to son for 12 generations until it was finally sold in 1940. Most of the house seen today was built in the late 1500's by Henry Ferrers a lawyer, diarist and antiquarian. The family followed the Catholic faith and, although I didn't go inside the house today its well worth a visit and contains several priest holes where persecuted Catholics hid from priest hunters in the 1590's and also a mysterious blood stain on the library floor!
The Walled Garden
The Dahlia border which stretches almost the whole length of one side of the Walled Garden
I was quite puzzled by this worn small butterfly (sorry poor photo as it was some way away and the picture is heavily cropped) but its a Small Copper (thanks Stewart from "From the Notebook :) )
Herbaceous Borders are found along another side of the Garden - full of the most beautiful flowers and humming and buzzing with a myriad of insects, (butterflies, bees, hoverflies etc.)
And no that's not me in the distance with a tripod!!!! Mine was left safely at home!!
Small White (Hopefully - I do get my "Whites" muddled from time to time!)
Small Tortoiseshell - totally soporific from Verbena bonariensis nectar and blissfully unaware of my presence :)
Large White (hopefully)
I've already posted far too many photos so I will save the Vegetable Garden, Scarecrows and Woodland Walk for another post in a day or so.
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