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
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Winterbourne House Gardens (Fleeting Visit again!) and a Rather Special Present
Family "chauffeuring" on Sunday to the Edgbaston area of Birmingham meant I had an hour to spare so a quick dash again over to the Arts and Crafts Winterbourne House and Gardens.
The botanic garden which covers seven acres was primarily designed by Margaret Nettlefold who took inspiration from the garden designer Gertrude Jekyll.
As you leave the Visitor Centre you walk straight into the Walled Garden.
I took a different route to previous visits this time as I wanted to visit the Winter Garden.
View from the Terrace at the rear of the house looking towards the Top Lawn and Lime Walk with the Lower Lawn Beyond.
The Winter Garden - with a lovely display of Snowdrops and the scent from the Daphne mezereum was just amazing.
Gorse in flower
I am not sure of the id of the plant in the photo below but it was very pretty and added a lovely touch of colour to the garden.
I love Witch Hazel and there were several in flower in various parts of the garden that I visited. I would love to buy one for our garden - its a shame they are so expensive!
One of these days I'll go along to Winterbourne when I can spend a whole day there and then I'll finally visit the nature reserve - you can just make out the blue of Edgbaston Pool in the distance.
Lots of Hellebores in flower
Looking towards the Woodland Walk and Sandstone Rock Garden
Another Witch Hazel.
Sadly - it was time to leave so I returned via The Nut Walk - this contains many of the hazels originally planted in the Nettlefold's day.
I think this is Winter Honeysuckle - another plant I would like in our own garden.
Seedheads from around the Gardens
Green Man Pot
E gave me a rather special Christmas present. Knowing how much I love anything to do with the Green Man she commissioned a bespoke Green Man patio pot. It was a really lovely surprise and I was very touched. I was hoping to plant it with Winter Aconites but haven't been able to find any in local nurseries so I've planted it up with some winter flowering pansies. I plan to put different plants in it according to the season.
The pot was made by a very talented lady and you can see more of her work at www.muddypie.co.uk.
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