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, 7 August 2014
A Visit to Packwood House Gardens
I had a trip out last Thursday afternoon with a friend to visit Packwood House gardens. We were really lucky with the weather as rain had been forecast but we were able to spend several hours walking round before the skies darkened, thunder rumbled and the rain arrived.
Packwood House was originally built in the sixteenth century but the interior was restored by Graham Baron Ash in the 1920's and 1930's with the aim of recapturing its original 17th century style.
The East Court
The Walled Carolean Garden
The Yellow Border (which is crammed full of perennials combining pink, yellow, lavender, carmine and scarlet following Loudon's mingled style) was probably at its best a few weeks ago but it was still full of colour.
The Sunken Garden installed by Baron Ash in the 1930's
Roses growing by the house
Borders in the centre of the garden - full of perennials and grasses
The Raised Terrace - this is probably my favourite part of the garden and this year was looking even better than usual - if that's possible!!
This is a Chocolate Scabious - I'll be looking out for one of these to buy.
This year a collection of follies have been constructed around the grounds and garden - unfortunately we only had time to see two in the Yew Garden. These follies are known as the Hive and are a group of small-scale huts by artist Hilary Jack made from remnants of reproduction furniture and wood collected from the estate. The artist is paying tribute to work carried out over 100's of years by gardeners at Packwood maintaining the gardens and flower borders and going backwards and forwards to sheds and huts for their tools.
Part of the famous Yew Garden which represents the Sermon on the Mount
The Kitchen Garden is a delight and well worth a visit. Lots of companion planting so flower borders are mixed in with vegetable patches.
The Teddy Bear's Picnic
Not sure quite sure why this photo is upside down but I am sure you can see what it is!
I treated myself to a plant called Echinacea Razzamatazz which has glorious pink flowers. Thanks for sharing the visit J - I hope you enjoyed the gardens as much as I did.
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