Thursday, 5 March 2015
Signs of Spring at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens
B and I made a brief visit this afternoon to Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens - it was such a lovely day it seemed a shame not to go out. The 10 acre Gardens are a rare example of an English Baroque Garden and are being restored by the Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens Trust as near as possible to the period 1680 - 1762 when the Gardens were in their prime. 600 plants from the Period can be found around the gardens.
Looking towards the Melon Ground.
Holly Walk with the Summer House in the far distance.
The Green House built around 1729.
There will soon be blossom along the hedgerow surrounding the North Orchard.
The Snowdrops and Winter Aconites were still looking lovely in the Lower Wilderness although perhaps a little past their best.
Snowflakes and Winter Aconites and my first bee (honey, I think) sighting of the year.
Lungwort is coming into flower.
Witch Hazel - tiny but covered in flowers.
There was a wonderful display of Hellebores.
This Black Hellebore was particularly beautiful.
A miniature "bee hotel"
The first daffodil I've seen in flower this year - found in the Nut Ground
The North Pond (in the Extra Gardens)
The recently restored Mirror Pool
The South Kitchen Garden based on a plan by Batty Langley in his book "New Principles of Gardening" published in 1728.
The Summer House
Castle Bromwich Hall - now a hotel.